Thousands flee Spanish volcano
September 20, 2021 - Around 5,000 people have been evacuated from villages on the island of La Palma as lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano surges downhill, devastating everything in its path.
The volcano erupted on Sunday, shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air, engulfing houses and forests, and sending molten rock towards the Atlantic Ocean in La Palma, the most northwestern island in the Canaries archipelago.
No fatalities have been reported but the volcano was still active on Monday.
The last eruption on La Palma, 50 years ago, lasted just over three weeks. The last eruption on all the Canary Islands occurred underwater off the coast of El Hierro island in 2011, and lasted five months.