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Volcano erupts on Spanish island, thousands evacuate

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Watch a lava stream destroy a house in Spain

PLEASE NOTE TO EDITORS: THE INJURY IS HEARD IN THE VIDEOA volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday (Sunday 19), sending shots of lava into the air and trickling into rivers towards the homes of two villages of Cumbre Vieja National Park in the south of the island. Authorities had started to evacuate the infirm and some farm animals from neighboring villages before the eruption at 3:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. GMT) on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca region, according to the island government. Two hours later, as lava poured down the hill from five torn cracks in the hill, the municipality ordered the evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane. After dark, video footage showed lava fountains shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, and at least three glowing orange rivers of molten rock pouring down the hill, tearing through woods and land. agricultural, and spreading as they reached the lower soil. No human casualties have been reported so far, but there has been property damage that has yet to be quantified.