A huge volcanic eruption has seen a pall of smoke and lava cover a beloved national park in a holiday hotspot notorious with Brits.
The volcano that erupted on Spanish Canary Island La Palma on Sunday sent plumes of smoke and lava into the air, as well as mountains of lava from the Cumbre Vieja national parks in the south.
According to the islands’ government, authorities had begun to evacuate the elderly and farm animals from the area before the eruption. It occurred on a hill in the Cabeza de Vaca region at 2.15pm GMT.
Immediately after the eruption, the municipality urged residents in a statement to “exercise extreme caution”, and stay
away from the area and off the roads.
Residents of nearby villages were instructed to evacuate to one the five evacuation centers. Soldiers were also deployed to aid.
Spanish television showed lava fountains shooting up into the sky and smoke plumes visible from all over the island.
More than 22,000 earthquakes were recorded in the Cumbre Vieja, an area of volcanic islands that last experienced a major eruption in 1971. This is one of most active volcanic regions of the Canaries.
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