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Evacuations Again for Lava Flow, Also Earthquakes on La Palma

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People have again been evacuated on La Palma because of lava flows that threaten to engulf houses on the Spanish island.


About three hundred people were ordered to leave their homes, bringing the total since the volcanic eruption to more than 7,000, RTVE reported.
At the same time, about a hundred earthquakes were recorded. One had a magnitude of 4.5, the strongest since the volcano’s eruption on September 19.

Since the northern flank of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, lava flows towards the sea have increased along and through inhabited areas. The lava that comes out of the volcano is about 1200 degrees hotter than before and, therefore, thinner and faster. So far, 1,548 buildings have been destroyed, and an area of 680 hectares is covered with lava and ash. There were no casualties due to the timely evacuations.

The airport on the island is still operational, but it is served by only a few airlines. Air traffic to the more famous tourist destinations in the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, is normal.

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