Thousands of people were evacuated after a volcano erupted in La Cumbre Vieja de La Palma earlier today. The volcanic eruption in the Spanish Canary Islands has been underway since 3:20 p.m. local time (2:20 p.m. GMT). A live video stream of the volcanic eruption can be followed below from RTVE News, a Spanish public broadcaster.
This is the first such eruption on La Palma since 1971.
The latest live nighttime video footage from the volcano shows lava fountains projecting hundreds of feet into the sky.
There are at least three streams of molten lava rushing down the hill, submerging the woods and farmland.
A lava stream, which is about tens of meters wide, is said to have already started to engulf houses in the village of El Paso.
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The Spanish Civil Guard evacuated more than 5,000 people, including around 500 tourists staying at a hotel in the nearby town of Puerto de Naos.
The Civil Guard has warned that it may have to evacuate up to 10,000 residents in total.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro SÃ¡nchez has postponed his trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly in order to visit La Palma.
He tweeted: “I am currently heading to the Canary Islands due to the seismic development, to see firsthand the situation in La Palma, the coordination of the means and the protocols that have been activated.”
At the time of the eruption, terrifying images showed the volcano spewing lava and a large cloud of black smoke in the air.
A video on TV Canaria also showed a huge plume of black smoke rising into the sky, while another clip online shows red lava exploding from the volcano.
The eruption was anticipated after experts recorded more than 22,000 tremors this week in the region.
The volcanic eruption took place after nearby earthquakes gained momentum.
Earlier today, the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan) recorded a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that struck La Palma.
A smaller magnitude 3.2 earthquake was recorded just 100 meters below the surface on Saturday.