After a break, La Palma volcano has restarted erupting.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano chain on the Spanish island of La Palma has restarted spewing ash and lava, scientists say. Earlier this morning, the volcano abruptly stopped spewing out a large column of ash with smoke.

Scientists said at the time that it was too early to say that the eruption has ended altogether. โ€œThe volcano has entered a phase of lower activity,โ€ tweeted the Institute of Geosciences IGEO. โ€œLets keep an eye on how it continues in the next few hours.โ€

This evening, huge amounts of lava are spraying out of the volcano again:

Residents of part of the west coast of the Canary island of La Palma have to stay in doors since this morning because the lava may reach the sea today. When the lava flows into the sea, it probably leads to explosions. It also creates poisonous clouds floating across the island. The lava flow is about 1,600 metres away from the coast.

It concerns residents of San Borondon, Marina Alta and Baja and La Condesa. Authorities are calling for windows and doors to be kept closed. The director of the local emergency service says that when the lava comes into contact with the sea, it creates a cloud of hydrochloric acid. He calls on people not to watch, local media reports.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano chain on the Spanish island was still active until this morning. Due to the airborne ash, the airport was largely closed yesterday. No plane left or landed at La Palma Airport for hours. Later flights to the neighbouring islands of Tenerife and La Gomera were resumed.

The volcano erupted last Sunday. As a result of the eruption, about 420 houses have been destroyed. Thousands of people were evacuated; there have been no injuries so far. Another thousand people were evacuated last weekend.