La Palma volcano has erupted, sparking panic across the Canary Islands. Terrifying footage from TV Canaria shows a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky. Another clip online shows red magma exploding out of the volcano. It is understood to be the first such eruption from La Palma since 1971.
Alfonos Poza tweeted footage shown live on TV Canaria, adding: “327 earthquakes with a maximum intensity of 3.8 in the last 24 hours.
“Since September 12, a total of 6,630 earthquakes have been registered, the largest of 4.2.”
This comes after a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Canary Islands earlier today, according to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan).
Officials had ordered the immediate evacuation of at least 50 people at risk in nearby municipalities amid a “rapidly evolving situation”.
Access roads around the volcano have been closed amid fears of further earthquakes and deadlier eruptions.
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