Story at a glance:

  • In the Canary Islands, a “miracle house” somehow withstood a volcanic eruption.
  • The house evaded the lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
  • More than half of the town's homes and the local school have been destroyed.

On the volcanic landscape of San Miguel de La Palma, specifically the​ north-western island of the Canary Islands, Spain, there sits a “miracle house” that survived a volcanic eruption last Sunday.

More than 200 homes have been destroyed from the eruption, with about 6,000 people having to be evacuated. On the bright side for a retired Danish couple, their house evaded the lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, the BBC reported.


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Couple Inge and Ranier Cacq were astonished that their house, which people on social media dubbed the miracle house, withstood the eruption.

“We all started crying like crazy when I told them [the owners] that their beloved house was intact,” Ada Monnikendam, who built the house, told El Mundo.

The Cacq residence was located in El Paraíso, a city where more than half of the homes and the local school have been destroyed, The Guardian reported.

The couple have not been inside their Spanish home since the pandemic.

There are some concerns that the lava will fan out farther on the island instead of pouring into the sea, leaving a trail of destruction.


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Published on Sep 24, 2021