Five to 10,000 people have been evacuated after a volcano erupted on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain. Regional officials informed that in the wake of the blast, people have started to move to a safer place. The explosion occurred after an earthquake of about four points on the Richter scale.
TV scenes showed lava, smoke and ash erupting from the volcano. Though no casualty has been reported so far, there has been major damage to properties. On Sunday evening, authorities began evacuating an estimated 5,000 people from El Paso, Tajacourt and Las Llanos de Ariadne in accordance with the emergency plan. Earlier, about 40 people and animals were evacuated to a safe place.
Schools in the area will remain closed on Monday and lava flows have cut off the AP 212 road and affected four others, which have been closed to traffic. Meanwhile, people have been advised to stay at home. It has also been advised to wash fruits and vegetables and keep doors and windows closed to avoid being affected by volcanic ash.
Twelve units of the Tenerife Fire Brigade have reached the island for assistance, while the Canary Islands government has requested the help of the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME). Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has arrived on the island and has canceled a planned trip to the United States. Here he was going to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations. La Palma has a surface area of over 700 square kilometers and a population of about 85 thousand people.