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.
This footage from Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN) shows lava spewing upward from several fissures.
The eruption was reported around 3:30 pm local time. Authorities 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.
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.”
Officials asked people to stay away from the area of the eruption and to “exercise extreme caution.” Credit: IGN Spain via Storyful