on Sunday a volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso. This is in the south of the island.
A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards houses in 2 villages.
According to the islands’ government, authorities had begun evacuating the infirm and some farm animals from nearby villages before the eruption at 3:15 p.m. (1415 GMT) on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area.
In a press conference on Sunday night, Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres said –
5,000 people had been evacuated and no injuries had been reported so far.
It is not foreseeable that anyone else will have to be evacuated. The lava is moving towards the coast and the damage will be material. According to experts there are about 17-20 million cubic meters of lava,
According to the airport authorities flights to and from the Canaries were continuing as normal.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in La Palma for talks with the islands’ government on managing the eruption. He said –
We have all the resources (to deal with the eruption) and all the troops, the citizens can rest easy,
La Palma had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported in the space of a week in Cumbre Vieja which consists of a chain of volcanoes and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canaries.
The last eruption took place in the year 1971. Only 1 man got killed in that eruption as he was trying to take a photograph standing nearby the Volcano. However, there is no reports of property damage at that time.
According to the Spanish National Geographical Institute (ING), the eruption took place in La Palma was in 1430.