Volcano erupts in Canary Islands, lava flow invades homes

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volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma on Sunday. As a result, smoke, ash and massive amounts of lava spread from the south of the island.

See the (live) images of the eruption below.

The south of the island is flooded by large lava flows, which, according to Spanish media, have also destroyed the first homes in the area. Live footage shows that homes are on fire. The lava would flow out of the volcano at least four different spots late Sunday night. There are at least 200 Dutch tourists on the island.

Footage shows that lava flows across roads as well. This has already led to road deposits on the 83,000 inhabitants of the island, but not killed or injured for the time being. Air traffic to and from the Canary Island is not affected by the eruption.

Tourist Puerto Naos might be on the path of a lava flow. The authorities cleared the place. Evacuees have been transferred to a former barracks near the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma, on the east coast of the island.

Even before the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption, authorities had begun evacuating cattle and vulnerable inhabitants, such as the elderly and the sick, from the surrounding villages. Soldiers were deployed in the process, the Defense Department said.

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The volcano is located in a very sparsely populated area. The inhabitants of the villages of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane are compulsory elsewhere.

Sunday evening the Guarda Civil announced that up to 10,000 villagers are being taken to a safe place. They have been told to keep luggage, including cell phones, important documents and any medications, ready.

Shocks

Prior to the eruption, scientists had recorded a series of earthquakes with a force of 3.8 on the Richter scale in the national park where the volcano erupted, reported the Spanish National Geographical Institute (ING). Thousands of shocks were observed over the last week and a half.

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The last eruption on La Palma was in October 1971, when Teneguia volcano spewed lava for more than three weeks after a crack appeared in the south of the island. At the time, a man was killed when he took pictures near the lava flows.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sรกnchez has already announced that he will visit La Palma as soon as possible.

Unlike the more famous islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, La Palma is a less popular destination for tourists.

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