La Palma volcano – Canary Islands face toxic gas clouds as terrifying lava flow heads towards sea amid ‘constant’ quakes

MORE EARTHQUAKES MAKE AREA EVEN MORE UNSTABLE

Several small earthquakes shook the island of La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Africa on Tuesday, keeping nerves on edge after a volcanic eruption on Sunday. The island, with a population of 85,000, is part of the Canary Islands archipelago, a key tourist destination for Europeans.

Authorities said the new fissure demonstrated that the area was unstable and unsafe, and kept people at least 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) away.

The rivers of lava, up to six meters (nearly 20 feet) high, rolled down hillsides, burning and crushing everything in their path, as they gradually closed in on the island’s more densely populated coast. One was bearing down on Todoque, where more than 1,000 people live, and where emergency services were preparing evacuations.

So far, the eruption has destroyed around 190 houses and forced the evacuation of 6,000 people.

“The truth is that it’s a tragedy to see people losing their properties,” said municipal worker Fernando Diaz in the town of El Paso.

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