Lava Moving 400 Feet an Hour as It Makes Way to the Sea

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Lava is still spewing from Sunday's eruption in the Canary Islands
(Newser) – A wall of lava up to 40 feet high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption. The lava still spewing from Sunday's eruption in the Canary Islands off northwest Africa advanced slowly down hillsides to the coast, where Todoque was the last village between the molten rock and the Atlantic Ocean. The lava could take several days to cover the remaining 1.25 miles to the sea, experts said, with the lava advancing at around 400 feet an hour.

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