A volcano erupted on La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, on Sunday, September 19, after seismologists recorded a series of tremors, the strongest measuring at a magnitude 4.2 earlier on Sunday.
The eruption was reported around 3.30 pm local time. Aerial footage captured by Spain’s ecology ministry shows smoke and lava spewing from the site of the eruption.
Officials asked people to stay away from the area of the eruption and to “exercise extreme caution.”
The increase in seismic activity through the week had been closely monitored by the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan), which earlier Sunday said the “current seismic swarm represents a significant change in the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.”
Authorities had warned residents of the increased risk and in the hours before the eruption announced the temporary closure of public recreational spots and precautionary evacuations of people with disabilities from several areas. Credit: @mitecogob via Storyful