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More Evacuations on La Palma Due to Volcanic Eruption


The authorities on the Canary Island of La Palma have had to evacuate more people in the town of El Paso due to a volcanic eruption.


Spanish media reports that some 6,000 of the 83,000 people on the island have sought refuge from the eruption.

Mayor Sergio Rodriguez said on television that a new lava flow has started at the Cumbre Vieja volcano. It erupted on Sunday, spewing lava hundreds of meters into the air. In the days before the eruption, La Palma was already rocked by thousands of earthquakes.

As far as is known, there were no casualties as a result of the eruption, but there was considerable material damage. Lava flows towards the sea and destroys everything in its path. Local authorities say about 150 houses have been destroyed.

Travel organization TUI reported Monday evening that about two hundred Dutch people are on the island. Dozens of those vacationers have been evacuated. The local authorities decided to evacuate their hotel because access roads threatened to be blocked by the volcanic eruption.

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