Canary Island volcano eruption spurs mass evacuation

Source: The Hill | September 19, 2021 | Sarah Polus

A volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma caused local authorities to evacuate thousands, but no injuries were reported, according to The New York Times.

The island, one of Spain’s Canary Islands located off the coast of Africa, has about 85,000 residents. It was the island’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years.  

Authorities planned to evacuate 5,000 to 10,000 people living in villages on the edge of La Cumbre Vieja national park because ash and lava from the eruption posed a threat to their safety.

Videos posted to social media showed homes surrounded by lava, and plumes of thick smoke billowing into the sky.


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