Volcano erupts on Spanish Canary Island of La Palma
On the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma a volcano erupted on Sunday and threw lava, smoke and ash from the Cumbre Vieja National Park in the south of the island into the air.
The community issued a statement calling on residents to "exercise extreme caution" and stay away from the area and the streets.
People in the surrounding villages were ordered to evacuate to one of five centers and soldiers were deployed to help.
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Video footage showed fountains of red molten lava shooting into the sky, and billows of smoke could be seen from across the island.
The authorities had already started evacuating people with reduced mobility and some farm animals from the surrounding villages before the outbreak.
There had been more than 22,000 quakes this week in the area of Cumbre Vieja, a volcanic chain that last had a major eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canary Islands.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that he had postponed his trip to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and was on the way to La Palma.
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