Hundreds evacuated on La Palma as homes are devoured by river of lava

Hundreds more residents are ordered to evacuate on La Palma as video shows homes being devoured by river of lava and exploding into flames

  • A river of molten magma descended from the Cumbre Vieja towards homes
  • Authorities ordered families in La Laguna to evacuate with belongings and pets
  • There were 64 seismic movements on Tuesday, the strongest measuring 4.1 

Over 700 residents have been ordered to abandon their homes on La Palma as red-hot lava advanced towards their neighbourhood.

Footage shows homes on the Spanish island bursting into flames as a river of molten magma descended from the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Authorities ordered families in La Laguna to leave home with their belongings and pets, according to the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca).

Footage shows homes on the Spanish island bursting into flames as a river of molten magma descended from the Cumbre Vieja volcano

Over 700 residents have been ordered to abandon their homes on La Palma as red-hot lava advanced towards their neighbourhood

The lava flow is heading towards homes, threatening to cause even further destruction on the island

‘We have been obliged to evacuate a new area. The lava is advancing slowly. People should have time to take their documents, their personal items and anything of value,’ said Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of Pevolca.

There were 64 seismic movements on Tuesday, the strongest measuring 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said.

La Palma airport remained open but 11 flights were cancelled on Tuesday and others were delayed, airport operator AENA said.

Earlier on Tuesday, officials lifted a lockdown ordered because of a cloud of smoke over two villages caused by the eruption, allowing more than 3,000 residents to go outside.

There were 64 seismic movements on Tuesday, the strongest measuring 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said

Authorities ordered families in La Laguna to leave home with their belongings and pets today on the island

Volunteers help Enrique Gonzalez and his uncle carry belongings as they prepare to evacuate the area

Lava gushing from the volcano engulfed a cement plant on Monday, raising clouds of smoke and prompting authorities to instruct people in the area stay at home.

Emergency services had told residents in the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane to stay indoors, shut their windows and turn off air conditioning units to avoid inhaling toxic fumes from the burning cement plant as it was gradually swallowed by the lava.

Lava from the eruption that began on September 19 has laid waste to nearly 600 hectares in total, authorities said.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava and smoke as it continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma today

Lava from the eruption that began on September 19 has laid waste to nearly 600 hectares in total

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption

After the volcano’s cone partially collapsed on Saturday, a new river of lava streamed towards the sea, devouring banana and avocado plantations and most of the remaining houses in the town of Todoque.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said.

About 6,700 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants.

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