VIDEO: Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts in Spain

VIDEO: Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts in Spain

Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts spewing a column of smoke, ash and lava, as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP) (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP via Getty Images)

Photo: DESIREE MARTIN / AFP / Getty Images

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, located on the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Atlantic archipelago of the Canary Islands, erupted after more than a week in which thousands of earthquakes accumulated in the area.

In the area there is already a huge column of volcanic materials, so dozens of families living in the surroundings have been evacuated.

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The Institute National Geographic and the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands since September 11, a significant accumulation of thousands of small earthquakes in the vicinity of the Cumbre Vieja, with outbreaks that started more than 12 miles deep, but that they were progressively ascending until the surface.

Since the beginning of the week, the island had a yellow traffic light due to volcanic risk in that area (level 2 of 4).

This morning, the authorities began to evacuate residents with mobility problems in the towns of the municipalities located in the areas closest to the volcanic area.

Also the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, reported on Twitter about the increased seismic risk on the island, and assured that all the country’s administrations are prepared to act in a coordinated manner in any situation.

Since there are historical records -since the conquest of the Canary Islands in the 15th century-, La Palma has been the scene of seven of the 16 volcanic eruptions that the archipelago has experienced.

La Cumbre Vieja is one of the most active volcanic complexes in the Canary Islands. Two of the last three eruptions recorded on the islands have taken place here, the San Juan volcano, in 1949, and the Teneguía, in 1971.

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