LA PALMA, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - More people were forced to leave their homes on Wednesday evening as molten rock flows poured out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma threatened to engulf another neighborhood.
LWith the eruption not in sight, now in its fourth week, authorities expected the lava flow to advance to the northwest, beyond the edge of the evacuated area.
Most residents of the area had already left, so only 10 to 15 people left their homes on Wednesday, emergency services told Hfrance.fr.
Lava flows behind the houses of Los Llanos as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tajuya, Spain, October 13, 2021 Hfrance.fr/Sergio Perez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Hot red lava from the eruption devastated nearly 600 hectares in total, destroying around 1,500 homes and other buildings, including a cement plant that released toxic fumes earlier in the week, as well as banana and avocado plantations, authorities said.
Thursday morning, an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 shook the island, announced the Spanish National Geographical Institute. Since before the eruption, tremors have been recorded continuously in La Palma.
About 6,000 people were evacuated to the island of 83 000 inhabitants. Report by Silvio Castellanos, Sergio Perez and Bart Biesemans Writing by Emma Pinedo Editing by Inti Landauro, Robert Birsel
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