20 Sep, 2021 @ 13:33
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VIDEO: Homes swallowed up by molten lava in volcano eruption on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands

Volcanic Eruption On Canary Island La Palma
19 September 2021, Spain, La Palma: Lava runs from the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the Canary Island of La Palma. The eruption had announced itself in the past days by thousands of small earthquakes and a slight lifting of the ground. (Credit Image: © Arturo Jimenez/dpa via ZUMA Press)

THESE are the dramatic images of red hot lava destroying homes on La Palma in the Canary Islands as volcano continues to erupt on the Spanish archipelago.

The head of the Canaries region, Angel Victor Torres confirmed that around 5,000 people had been evacuated from their homes on Sunday as red hot lava rivers crawled towards houses in the southern part of the island.

The evacuation was obligatory in a dozen areas placed on a maximum alert and temporary shelters had been opened.

But Guardia Civil have warned up to 10,000 people may have to be evacuated as the eruption continues.

Several houses were already being destroyed by the lava although so far, no casualties to people have been reported.

Authorities on the island have repeatedly warned residents not to risk going near the lava flow or eruption in order to take images.

When the volcano last erupted in 1971 the only mortality was a man who was killed as he attempted to photograph the eruption.

Smoke began to escape from fissures that appeared along a ridge in the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island around 3pm on Sunday.

Images from the air showed the extent of the lava flow.

The local government predicts that the lava will flow to the southwest, towards more inhabited and wooded areas, before it reaches the coast.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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