Volcano eruption destroys hundreds of homes in Spain’s Canary Islands
Hundreds of homes were destroyed after a volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands erupted on Sunday, September 19.
La Palma Island’s Cumbre Vieja volcano was seen spewing a fountain of lava through a fissure on September 20 evening.
The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute recorded a magnitude 4.2 quake that occurred the eruption.
Authorities said they have evacuated 5,500 people as the lava stream reached the nearby town of Los Llanos de Aridane.
No injuries or casualties have been reported so far, but much damage to property is expected.
Canary Islands government chief Angel Victor Torres said: ‘There will be considerable material damage. We hope there won’t be any personal injuries.’
Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has cancelled his trip to the U.N. General Assembly to oversee disaster relief efforts.
The Canary Islands last experienced a volcanic eruption 50 years ago on 1971.