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Surreal photos show the aftereffects of the eruption of Spain’s Cumbre Vieja volcano

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, located in Spain’s Canary Islands, has been erupting since September 19.

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Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti has been documenting the effects of the eruption in what has now become a “no-go” zone, creating this set of vividly powerful images.

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Ash from a volcano, that continues to erupt, covers a house on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

Ash covers chairs on the terrace of a house.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

A swing is covered by ash.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

Graves at the La Palma cemetery.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

According to Morenatti, “Scientists estimate the volcano...has ejected over 10,000 million cubic meters of ash.”

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A gravesat the La Palma cemetery is covered in ash.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

The entrance of a house.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

Lava advances towards a house.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

A sofa after the eruption.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

“The ash is jettisoned thousands of meters into the sky, but the heaviest, thickest particles eventually give way to gravity. They accumulate into banks that slowly cover doors, pour into windows, make rooftops sag.”

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A crockery set left behind by residents who were evacuated from the village after the eruption.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

A cat sits next to boat covered in ash.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

A house peeks out from under ash.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

A fountain in a courtyard.

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Emilio Morenatti/AP

“Some particles are so big that when they pummel a car roof or the fronds of a banana tree, it sounds like hail.”

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