Volcano erupts in Spanish island

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived to check the damage

A fierce volcano erupted in the Canary Islands and it is the first volcanic eruption in fifty years. The natural disaster has destroyed more than 100 houses and forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people, including around 500 tourists.

 

On Sunday, the volcano started shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air which engulfed the houses and forests. It kept sending molten rock towards the Atlantic Ocean over a sparsely populated area of La Palma.

 

Till now no fatalities have been reported but the volcano was still active on Monday and heavy smoke coming from the volcano and houses burning. Authorities said that they were hopeful they would not need to evacuate any more people.

 

Regional president Angel Victor Torres said, "The lava is moving towards the coast and the damage will be material. According to experts there are about 17-20 million cubic metres of Lava."

 

Around 360 tourists were evacuated by boat to Tenerife from the beach resort of Puerto Naos.

 

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived to check the damage and to coordinate with regional authorities and said citizens could "rest easy." He will visit affected areas later on Monday.

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