Volcano La Palma spews lava into the air as eruption intensifies

Dramatic photos showed red hot lava in the sky on La Palma after a new exhaust vent opened, causing chaos at the airport as hundreds tried to flee.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which started erupting last Sunday, is entering a new explosive phase.

According to the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands, the new outlet vent has opened west of the main vent.

According to photos taken by drones from the National Geographic and Mining Institute, the volcano’s cone had broken.

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will be maintained for another 24 hours as a precaution

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will be maintained for another 24 hours as a precaution

Since its eruption last Sunday, the volcano has spewed thousands of tons of lava, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

Since its eruption last Sunday, the volcano has spewed thousands of tons of lava, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

Since its eruption last Sunday, the volcano has spewed thousands of tons of lava, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will be maintained for another 24 hours as a precaution

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will be maintained for another 24 hours as a precaution

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will be maintained for another 24 hours as a precaution

There were long queues at La Palma's main port as people, some of whom had canceled their flights, tried to get ferries from the island

There were long queues at La Palma's main port as people, some of whom had their flights cancelled, tried to get ferries from the island

There were long queues at La Palma’s main port as people, some of whom had canceled their flights, tried to get ferries from the island

Director of the Pevolca Volcano Response Committee, Miguel Angel Morcuende, told a news conference on Saturday: “It is not uncommon in these types of eruptions for the volcano’s cone to break. A crater is created that cannot support its own weight and… the cone breaks.

“This partial breakup happened overnight.”

Morcuende said the evacuations currently underway will continue for 24 hours as a precaution.

The volcano has spewed thousands of tons of lava since its eruption last Sunday, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

According to the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands, the new exhaust vent to the west of the main vent has opened

According to the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands, the new exhaust vent to the west of the main vent has opened

According to the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands, the new exhaust vent to the west of the main vent has opened

Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma have ordered the evacuation of the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated due to a volcanic eruption, emergency services said Friday.

Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma have ordered the evacuation of the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated due to a volcanic eruption, emergency services said Friday.

Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma have ordered the evacuation of the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated due to a volcanic eruption, emergency services said Friday.

La Palma, with a population of over 83,000, is one of an archipelago that forms the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Spanish airport operator Aena said the island’s airport was closed.

‘La Palma airport is not working due to ash accumulation. The clean-up work has started, but the situation could change at any time,” it tweeted.

Workers swept volcanic ash from the runway, electronic signs showed canceled flights and the departure hall was quiet when some people arriving at the airport found they wouldn’t be able to fly.

There were long queues at La Palma’s main port as people, some of whom had canceled their flights, tried to get ferries off the island.

‘I’m going to Barcelona. But because we can’t fly, we take the ferry to Los Cristianos (on the island of Tenerife) and from there we go to the airport and fly to Barcelona,” said Carlos Garcia, 47.

People evacuated from three other cities on Friday will not be able to return to their homes to collect their belongings due to the “evolution of the volcanic emergency,” local authorities said.

Passengers wait at the closed airport of La Palma, as flights are suspended due to the accumulation of ash, on the Canary Island of La Palma

Passengers wait at the closed airport of La Palma, as flights are suspended due to the accumulation of ash, on the Canary Island of La Palma

Passengers wait at the closed airport of La Palma, as flights are suspended due to the accumulation of ash, on the Canary Island of La Palma

Tourists wait for the ferry to leave the island after the La Palma airport was closed, as flights have been suspended due to the buildup of ash after the volcanic eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma

Tourists wait for the ferry to leave the island after the La Palma airport was closed, as flights have been suspended due to the buildup of ash after the volcanic eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma

Tourists wait for the ferry to leave the island after the La Palma airport was closed, as flights have been suspended due to the buildup of ash after the volcanic eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma

On Friday, authorities evacuated the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated after the new vent in the volcano's flank was opened.

On Friday, authorities evacuated the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated after the new vent in the volcano's flank was opened.

On Friday, authorities evacuated the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated after the new vent in the volcano’s flank was opened.

The fiery explosions light up the sky behind hundreds of buildings in Los Llanos de Aridane on the island early this morning

The fiery explosions light up the sky behind hundreds of buildings in Los Llanos de Aridane on the island early this morning

The fiery explosions light up the sky behind hundreds of buildings in Los Llanos de Aridane on the island early this morning

Authorities initially ordered residents of those towns to stay indoors, but ordered an evacuation due to the intensification of volcanic activity (photo, Cumbre Vieja continues to erupt overnight)

Authorities initially ordered residents of those towns to stay indoors, but ordered an evacuation due to the intensification of volcanic activity (photo, Cumbre Vieja continues to erupt overnight)

Authorities initially ordered residents of those towns to stay indoors, but ordered an evacuation due to the intensification of volcanic activity (photo, Cumbre Vieja continues to erupt overnight)

“Volcanic monitoring measurements taken since the start of the eruption recorded the highest energy activity to date during Friday afternoon,” the emergency services said.

In the quiet harbor of Tazacorte, fishermen described the devastating effect the eruption had on their livelihoods.

“We haven’t been fishing for a week, the area is closed,” said Jose Nicolas San Luis Perez, 49, who lost his home in the eruption.

“About half the people I know have lost their homes. I meet friends on the street and we start to cry.’

On Friday, authorities evacuated the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not yet been evacuated after the new vent in the volcano’s flank was opened.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported in the volcano’s eruption, but about 15 percent of the island’s economically crucial banana crop could be endangered, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

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