LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Hundreds of people on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands woke up Wednesday fearing for their homes and property after a new river of lava from an erupting volcano threatened to engulf another neighborhood on its way toward the Atlantic Ocean.

After the eruption of lava, island authorities ordered that 800 residents evacuate Los Llanos de Aridane.

Around 6,000 people were immediately removed from the area in the hours after the initial Sept. 19 volcanic eruption, when their homes and farms were directly below the path of the volcano’s first lava stream.

No mass evacuations of additional people were necessary during the next three weeks.

However, on Tuesday volcanologists advising authorities discovered that a new flow of lava had formed to the north from the main river of Molten Rock and was headed toward an area not previously considered the evacuation zone.

Hundreds of people on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands woke up Wednesday fearing for their homes and property.
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“A part of the neighborhood had already been evacuated, but given the evolution of the lava stream it was deemed necessary to clear this specific zone,” Los Llano de Aridane mayor María García told Spanish state broadcaster TVE.

Residents in La Laguna only had a couple of hours to get their most treasured belongings together and then leave. A school staff member helped the residents of La Laguna to save educational materials. Others loaded their cars and trucks full of furniture. Police accompanied families that requested to return to the exclusion area to find more belongings on Wednesday.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will travel to the island on Wednesday, his fourth visit since the eruption.

La Palma is part of Spain’s Canary Islands, an Atlantic Ocean archipelago off northwest Africa whose economy depends on tourism and the cultivation of the Canary plantain.

Over 1,400 structures were destroyed by the lava, which included homes and farms. It covered 656 ha (1,621 acres), with 90 ha (more than 200 acres) of land dedicated to plantains growth. No one has been killed.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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