A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending fountains of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island. Authorities have already begun evacuating some residents and farm animals in surrounding villages.
The eruption took place on a wooded slope in the Cabeza de Vaca area of La Palma at 3.15pm, according to the islands’ government.
Immediately after the eruption, the municipality urged residents in a statement to “exercise extreme caution”, including staying far away from the area and off local roads.
Soldiers have been deployed to help the population of nearby villages travel to one of five centres to be evacuated.