“Europe’s newest peak is still smouldering. Clouds of white steam curl across ebony slopes, melting up into clouds that gather above a currently nameless mountain.”
In September 2021 the island of La Palma started spewing fire. The youngest Canary Island – a mere spring chicken at only 1.8 million years old – is also one of its most active, and has experienced numerous eruptions in the past few centuries.
But this one was something else. Lasting for 85 days and destroying more than 2,000 homes it changed the landscape of the island forever, throwing up a brand new mountain and creating a lava flow some five miles square.
I visited the island in April 2022, just after direct flights from the UK resumed, to see how it was recovering from such a life-changing natural disaster.