The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to spew lava. / MIGUEL CALERO / EFE

More residents ordered from their homes as La Palma volcano continues to erupt

More than 7,000 people, in total, have been evacuated from their properties, while a lava flow has now engulfed a fuel station

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Residents of another 50 homes on the island of La Palma have been ordered to leave their properties as the erupting Cumbre Viega volcano continues to spew molten lava.

The Canary Islands emergency volcano plan group, Pevolca, ordered the evacuation of fifty homes in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridanne and Tazacorte, given the advance of the lava flow that has been approaching the coast for several days.

The 112 emergency services advised through their Twitter account, residents of the neighbourhoods of Las Martelas (Los Llanos de Aridane) and Marina Alta, Marina Baja, Cuesta Zapata and La Condesa must leave their homes.

There are now more than 7,000 people that have been displaced from their homes, so far by the eruption.

Lava engulfs a fuel station

Two streams of lava have broken off from another one that was to the north of the volcano and entered the La Laguna urban area, from which some 1,500 people had been evacuated. One of the ‘tongues’ flattened a petrol station, whose fuel tanks had already been emptied.

Another lava stream crossed the football field a few days ago was heading towards the school. If there are no obstacles, it could reach the church square and the old town. The area had been evacuated last week.

Dog rescue resumes

After the animals were not located during a reconnaissance flight carried out on Wednesday, the search for the stranded dogs will resume this Thursday with the hope of being able to lift them with cargo drones from the area surrounded by lava in Todoque.

The Aerocamaras company and the Leales.org animal protection group are confident that the operation will be successful despite not having located the animals on Wednesday.

"The dogs can get out of the pounds and it is possible, to escape the heat, they took shelter under bushes in the area.Thanks to our drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera, we have been able to verify that, if the dogs were in the area, they would have several containers with water at a temperature of around 17 degrees, so they should not be dehydrated," Leales.org and Aerocameras say, adding, "This Thursday we are going to resume the search with two drones in the same area and we will try to expand the radius as much as possible."

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