A volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands has erupted this Sunday afternoon (19 September) in Montaña Rajada, in the municipality of El Paso.
A small earthquake preceded a large explosion that was followed by a huge plume of smoke and the expulsion of pyroclastic rocks.
An increase in seismic activity in the area began last Saturday, 11 September, with more than 130 earthquakes being recorded.
Earlier this Sunday the Scientific Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk (Pevolca), had recommended the preventive evacuation of the population at risk.
As a priority, people with reduced mobility in the areas of Las Manchas (Las Manchas de Abajo, Jedey, San Nicolás and El Paraíso), which includes the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane; El Charco (Fuencaliente), La Bombilla (Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte) and El Remo and Puerto Naos (Los Llanos de Aridane) were moved. Road closure measures have also been put in place.
Experts have said that the seismic activity continues to intensify with events located on the surface to depths of 8 km and consider the occurrence of earthquakes with a greater intensity likely, which could cause damage to infrastructures.