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Cities that That Could Be the Next Pompeii: Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain

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Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain

The fishing village that became one of the Canary Islands’ most touristy beach towns may have to contend with more than British tour groups gone wild: according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mount Teide (Spain’s highest peak) could also be one of earth’s most destructive volcanoes. In 1706, it took out the neighboring village of Garachico with lava flows, and it last erupted in 1909. However, Teide’s days of doling out damage are numbered—today it’s classified as dormant, yet remains on the UN’s Decade Volcanoes project watch list.


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