La Palma: Smoke engulfs buildings near the Cumbre Vieja volcano
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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook the island this morning, the strongest recorded tremor since the eruption began more than three weeks ago. The quake was one of 60 recorded overnight according to Spain’s National Geographic Institute.
Lava flows continue to approach La Laguna “slowly, but unstoppable”, says the director of Pevolca, Miguel Angel Morcuende.
The latest figures suggest lava flow is now 1,770 meters wide, 1,408 buildings have been destroyed and 6,400 people have been moved or evacuated.
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Hundreds flee after earthquake
Hundreds have fled their homes on Thursday as flows of molten rock pouring from the Cumbre Vieja volcano threatened to engulf another area.
Emergency crews gave people living between the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna a few hours to collect their belongings and pets and go to a meeting point.
The eruption is now in its fourth week and authorities said they were expecting the lava flow to keep spreading northwest from the volcano.
More leaves homes overnight
More people were forced to leave their homes overnight as lava threatened to engulf another neighbourhood.
Most residents had already left so only between ten and 15 people were forced to be moved, emergency services told Reuters.
The island is home to around 83,000 people in total.
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