Volcano Erupts on Spanish Canary Island After Several Earthquakes

A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sept. 19 after several earthquakes over the past days, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of residents.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan) reported the initial eruption at around 3:24 p.m. local time and urged the public to stay away from the site.

Involcan also posted photos and videos showing the lava flow of the eruption.

Canary Islands President Angel Torres said that around 5,000 people have already been evacuated at about 11 p.m., adding that no further evacuations are planned.

“According to the technical committee, everything seems to indicate that there will be no new eruption points. There may be other cracks, but safety is guaranteed,” Torres also said, referring to the Head Committee for Civil Protection and Attention for Volcanic Risk Emergencies.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez postponed his trip to the United States for the United Nations General Assembly to travel to La Palma to assess the situation firsthand.

“We have been working this week to anticipate and know how to act on La Palma in this situation. We will guarantee the safety of citizens at all times,” Sanchez said.

According to the official tourist page of the Canary Islands, there were no reports of injuries in the affected areas of the La Palma island. It also said that the eruption has not affected the other islands, including the airspace.

Earlier, Involcan said that over 25,000 low-magnitude earthquakes had been detected in the last nine days.

The last time the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma erupted was in 1971.

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