Canary islands, 100 homes damaged in volcano eruption

Experts say it could continue for weeks, months

20 September, 12:32

    MADRID - The eruption of the volcano complex Cumbre Vieja in La Palma, one of the islands of the Canaries, is continuing with some 100 houses damaged by the lava, Spanish authorities were quoted as saying by local media on Monday. The stream of lava is flowing towards the coast at a speed of 700 meters an hour, reports said.

    The regional president of the Canaries, Ángel Víctor Torres, told radio Cadena Ser that over the past few hours there haven't been any new evacuations and no more are planned. So far, about 5,000 people have been displaced by the eruption.

    Spanish Premier Pedro Sanchez is in La Palma and he was scheduled to meet on Monday people from the area and those in charge of emergency operations. "The citizens of La Palma must stay calm, their security is guaranteed", he said last night after arriving on the island.

    Volcanologists consulted by the Spanish press said that at the moment it is not possible to forecast how long the eruption will last but it could go on for "weeks" or months. Sánchez explained that one of the main reasons for the alert is the possibility of new fires so firefighters and soldiers are already active, along with police and the Guardia Civil.

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