Hundreds of tourists have been transferred to Tenerife after the volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma. It involves 360 people who had to leave their resort in Puerto Naos, leave a ferry service spokesperson Fred. Olsen know. There may be 180 other holidaymakers later in the day.
Several dozen Dutch people who were in a hotel via TUI evacuated the island on Sunday evening. A travel company spokeswoman says local authorities decided to evacuate the hotel as access roads threatened to be blocked by the island‘s volcanic eruption. The hotel itself was not immediately at risk.
The travel agency has a total of about two hundred Dutch people on the island. Most guests stay in hotels that are not affected by the volcanic eruption. The hotel that had to be evacuated is on the side of the island where the eruption is. They are housed in other hotels on the island.
Lava flows into homes
Authorities on the island of La Palma have also evacuated thousands of other people due to Sunday afternoon eruption. The lava has destroyed about 100 homes. Social media shows images of houses where the lava penetrates. It is expected that the first lava flows into the sea around 8pm local time.
See the footage at the bottom of this article.
Approximately 5000 people have been taken away from four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane. Authorities do not expect more evacuations to be required. “The lava moves towards the coast. All damage will be material,” said a man.
Regional leader Angel Victor Torres announced Monday that a total of around 5000 people have been removed from four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane. He doesn’t expect more evacuations to be needed. “The lava moves towards the coast,” he explained. “All damage will be material.”
Authorities have not yet reported victims from the volcanic eruption, which occurred Sunday after about 22,000 earthquakes were reported in a week. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez traveled himself to the approximately 83,000 inhabitants and has pledged help.
The eruption also has an impact on air traffic. Local airline Binter says it cancels four flights to and from La Gomera Island. The company had already shown footage on Twitter on Sunday of the massive smoke development that followed the eruption. It was filmed from a plane on the Gran Canaria – La Gomera route.
TUI flights to the island continue. The tour company flies to the island on Wednesdays and Sundays. Due to the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, smoke, ash and lava spread from the south of La Palma.
“We are now looking for and maintaining contact with the guests who had to leave their hotel,” says the sider. The same applies to people who have planned a holiday at the hotel with TUI. “We‘ll see with them if they want to rebook to another hotel or island, or if they don’t want to go anymore.”