Once again, people have been evacuated on La Palma due to lava flows that threaten to engulf houses on the Spanish island. Around 300 people were ordered to leave their homes, bringing the total to over 7000 since the volcanic eruption, reported television channel RTVE.
At the same time, about one hundred earthquakes were recorded One of them had a force of 4.5, the heaviest since the volcano eruption on September 19.
Since the north flank of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, the streams of lava towards the sea have increased along and through inhabited areas. The lava coming out of the volcano is about 1200 degrees hotter than before and therefore thinner and a bit faster. So far, 1548 buildings have been destroyed and an area of 680 hectares are covered with lava and ash. Due to the timely evacuations, there were no casualties.
The airport on the island is still operational, but it is only being flown by a few airlines. Air traffic to the better known tourist destinations in the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote is normal.