গাড় Reuters A car with loudspeakers was photographed in El Paso, Spain’s La Palmer Canary Islands, September 19, 2021, to warn neighbors of an emergency. Reuters / Borja Suarez
Written by Borja Suarez
LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – A volcano erupted Sunday on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, sending jets of lava and smoke and ash from Cumbre Wet National Park south of the island.
According to the archipelago, authorities began evacuating weak and some farm animals from nearby villages before the eruption at 15:15 pm (1515 GMT) on a wooded area in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area.
Two hours later, on the hillside on the banks of the Lava River, the municipality issued compulsory eviction orders for four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Ariden. Troops were deployed to help, and residents were told to keep mobile phone use to a minimum.
The Spanish Civil Guard later tweeted that it would take part in evacuating 5,000 to 10,000 people from villages near the volcano, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Ariadne.
Video footage showed red molten lava falling into the sky, and smoke billowing across the island.
“Under no circumstances should you go near the lava flow,” the municipality warned residents. “If you have volcanic ash, stay in your house.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said he has postponed his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York and is on his way to La Palma.
Stavros Meletlidis, a volcanologist at the Spanish Geographical Institute, said the eruption had opened up five cracks in the mountain and he could not be sure how long it would last.
“We need to measure lava every day and it will help us make it effective.”
Angel Victor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, told TVE that no casualties had been reported so far, but the municipality said several roads had collapsed.
According to the royal family, King Felipe of Spain has spoken to Torres about the situation and is following the events.
Airport operator Aina said coming and going from the canary was going on normally.
La Palma was on high alert after receiving reports of more than 22,000 tremors a week in the Cumbre Vieja, a series of volcanoes that last erupted in 1971 and are one of the most active volcanic areas in the Canaris.
According to the Spanish National Geographical Institute (ING), the first recorded eruption in La Palma occurred in 1430.
1 In 1971, a man was killed while taking pictures near a lava flow, but no property was damaged.
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