LA PALMA, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - About 300 other people fled their homes early Thursday as rock flows molten from the Cumbre Vieja volcano threatened to engulf another areae on the Spanish island of La Palma.
Emergency teams gave a few hours to people living between the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna to collect their personal effects and animals and go to a meeting point.
During the morning, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook island, said the Spanish National Geographical Institute - the strongest of the 100 earthquakes that hit the eruption zone in the past 24 hours.
Tremors have been recorded almost constantly since before the eruption.
Lava flows behind the L housesos Llanos as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, seen from Tajuya, Spain, October 13, 2021. Hfrance.fr/Sergio Perez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
With the eruption over, now in its fourth week, authorities said they expected the flow of lava continues to spread northwest of the volcano.
The incandescent lava has already devastated nearly 600 hectares of land and destroyed around 1,500 homes and other buildings, including a cement plant that released toxic fumes earlier in the week. learn more
The stream also devoured banana and avocado plantations vital to the island's economy.
According to the official register, 300 people live ins the area between Tazacorte and La Laguna.
A small group of 10 to 15 people who lived nearby have already left Wednesday evening. More than 6,000 people were evacuated to the island of 83,000 inhabitants. Reporting by Silvio Castellanos, Sergio Perez and Bart Biesemans Writing by Emma Pinedo Editing by Inti Landauro, Robert Birsel and Andrew Heavens
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