More than 5,000 people, both locals and tourists, are being evacuated from their homes on the Canary island of La Palma due to a volcanic eruption which had been threatened for days.
The British government said: “On Sunday September 19, 2021, at approximately 15:15 local time, there was a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.
“The immediate area of Cabeza de Vaca, El Paso has been evacuated.
“If you are in an affected area you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma.
“If you are planning to travel to the island imminently you are encouraged to contact your tour operators / airlines.”
The volcanic eruption in ‘Cumbre Vieja’, in the area of Cabeza de Vaca has seen over 5,000 evacuated today.
An evacuation plan designed by the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan is currently underway.
The volcanic eruption alert has gone from yellow traffic light to red.
According to the Civil Guard, the evacuation affects more than 5,000 people from different districts in the municipalities of El Paso, Tazacorte and Los Llanos de Aridane.
The evacuation started with about 300 people living in Alcalá and El Paraíso, the closest areas to the volcano.
The emergency services recommend that both locals and tourists remain calm.
They recommend closing doors and windows of their houses and the supplies of water, electricity and gas.
Spanish police asked to carry documentation, mobile phone and battery-operated radio and in case of having animals, follow the evacuation plan guidelines.
Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 20:21:00 +0000