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More evacuations as lava pours from Canaries volcano By Reuters


© Reuters. Lava and smoke rose following an eruption of the volcano at La Palma Island, Spain. September 20, 2021. Photo taken by drone. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Lava pouring from the Canary Islands’ first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso on the island of La Palma, the town’s mayor said on Tuesday.

Sergio Rodriguez said Tuesday that residents of Tacande Alto had to be evacuated as a result of new flows of lava from the Cumbre Viejo volcano’s slope.

Rodriguez stated that the lava flowing to sea was “a little unpredictable and diverted from its intended course”.

TVE reported that about 6,000 people on the island had been evacuated to avoid the volcanic eruption.

On Sunday the volcano erupted, sending volcanic lava several hundred metres high into the sky, inundating forests, and sending molten rocks towards the ocean. This was in La Palma (the most northern island of the Canaries archipelago), which had already been rocked by thousands upon quakes over the previous days.

Although no deaths or injuries were reported, drone footage revealed two black lava tubes cutting an enormous swathe across the terrain. They are moving down the volcano’s western flank towards sea.

Experts believe that more explosives could be triggered if the lava touches the sea. As a precaution, marine authorities have closed a 2-mile area around the area.

Although initially the flow of lava was expected to reach land Monday evening, it has been slowing down in recent hours.

Witness to the Reuters event saw the molten rock gradually engulf a home in Los Campitos. This ignited the inside and sent flames up the roof.

Mariano Hernandez, the president of Mariano Hernandez’s island council stated that around 150 homes were destroyed in the eruption.

According to emergency officials, residents shouldn’t fear for their safety as long as they comply with recommendations.

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