Fountains of lava explode into the sky as La Palma volcano collapses

More earthquakes have rattled the Spanish island of La Palma as the lava flow from an erupting volcano surged when part of the crater collapsed.

Officials said they did not expect to evacuate any more people from the area, because the fiery molten rock was following the same route to the sea as earlier flows.

Spain’s National Geographical Institute said it recorded two quakes on Monday that had a magnitude of more than 3.0, two weeks after the volcano erupted on one of the Canary Islands off north-west Africa.

‘It’s not over yet, we don’t even know how long there is to go,’ said the Canary Islands’ regional president, Angel Victor Torres. ‘We’re in nature’s hands.’

Most of La Palma, where some 85,000 people live, has been unaffected by the eruption.

Swift evacuations helped avoid casualties from the eruption.

Alamy Live News. 2GX4RY2 La Laguna, Spain. 04th Oct, 2021. Volcano of Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Island of La Palma continues to erupt lava after 15 days. Part of the main cone has collapsed joining two of the emission sources and joining their volcanic flows threatening new populations. Credit: Marcos del Mazo/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Island of La Palma continues to erupt lava after 15 days. (Alamy Live News).

But the lava is causing significant damage to property, public infrastructure and farmland.

It has, so far, partially or completely wrecked more than 1,000 buildings, mostly homes.

Satellite picture of lava flow following the eruption of a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain September 30, 2021. Picture taken September 30, 2021. European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery/processed by @DEFIS_EU/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.
A satellite picture of the lava flow on the island of La Palma, Spain (Reuters)

It has also destroyed almost 34km of roads and entombed 400 hectares of land, according to a European Union satellite monitoring agency.

Local authorities prepared to distribute drinking water to homes after the lava flow broke public supply pipes.

epa09504943 Lava rises and slides at Cumbre Vieja volcano as seen from the village of El Paso, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, 04 October 2021. The main cone of the La Palma volcano suffered a partial collapse of its structure 03 October, while effusive activity has increased after 15 days of its beginning. EPA/CARLOS DE SAA
Lava rises and slides at Cumbre Vieja volcano as seen from the village of El Paso, La Palma. (Credits: EPA)
The eruption seen from Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, Canary Islands (Credits: EPA)
The eruption seen from Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, Canary Islands (Credits: EPA)

The Canary Islands volcanic emergency committee ordered emergency workers and scientists to pull back from the area around the volcano due to poor air quality.

The seismic activity and flow of lava have been uneven, fluctuating from day to day.

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