After a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, a volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted. Then, thousands of local residents were evacuated as the lava flow and ash continued over night.
Authorities warned residents of earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain. As of Tuesday, 190 homes were destroyed by the lava flow and over 6,000 people evacuated.
La Palma, with a population of 85,000, is one of eight volcanic islands in Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago off Africa’s western coast.
There is no end in sight yet, as scientists say the lava flow and volcanic ash can last for weeks.
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