© Reuters. A car with loudspeakers to warn neighbours of an emergency is photographed in El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
By Borja Suarez
LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) -A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending jets of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja nationwide park within the south of the island.
Authorities had begun evacuating the infirm and a few cattle from the encompassing villages earlier than the eruption at 3:15 p.m. (1415 GMT) on a wooded slope within the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca space, in response to the islands’ authorities.
Instantly after the eruption, the municipality urged residents in an announcement to “train excessive warning”, and steer clear of the world and off the roads.
The inhabitants of close by villages had been instructed to go to certainly one of 5 centres to be evacuated and troopers had been deployed to assist.
Spanish tv (TVE) confirmed fountains of lava taking pictures into the sky and plumes of smoke may very well be seen from throughout the island.
Stavros Meletlidis, a physician of volcanology on the Spanish Geographical Institute, mentioned the eruption had opened up 5 fissures within the hillside and that he couldn’t make sure how lengthy the eruption would final.
“We’ve to measure the lava every single day and that can assist us to work it out.”
Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres instructed TVE that no accidents had been reported to this point.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that he had postponed his journey to the United Nations Basic Meeting in New York and was on his method to La Palma.
Flights to and from the Canaries had been persevering with as regular, the airport operator Aena mentioned.
La Palma had been on excessive alert after greater than 22,000 tremors had been reported within the house of per week in Cumbre Vieja, a series of volcanoes that final had a serious eruption in 1971 and is likely one of the most lively volcanic areas within the Canaries.
The earliest recorded eruption in La Palma was in 1430, in response to the Spanish Nationwide Geographical Institute (ING).
In 1971, one man was killed as he was taking pictures close to the lava flows, however no property was broken.
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