Volcano Erupts In Canary Islands Spewing Lava And Smoke Into The Air
A volcano has erupted in La Palma, Canary Islands, according to the island’s government.
In clips shared online, lava can be seen spewing out of the volcano as well as dust clouds and smoke billowing into the air.
As per the Canary Islands government, the eruption occurred at 3.15pm local time in the Cumbre Vieja national park, located in the south of the island.
The volcano is known as one of the most active in the Canary Islands region.
Huge columns of smoke could be witnessed by local residents, who have taken to social media to share the dramatic footage.
Just before the eruption, authorities are understood to have evacuated around 40 people with mobility issues as well as farm animals from the surrounding villages, Reuters reports.
The defence ministry has said that more soldiers have been deployed to help evacuation efforts, with more residents expected to be evacuated from the surrounding areas.
Prior to today’s eruption, authorities are said to have been on alert following a series of 3.8 magnitude earthquakes in the national park.
La Palma’s last recorded volcano eruption came in 1971, killing one man as he took photos of the lava flows. No damage to property occurred at the time.
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