A volcano has begun to erupt on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.
The volcano began to blow lava and dust into the air after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity.
Huge plumes of black-and-white smoke shot out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, that last erupted in 1971.
Local authorities are hurriedly trying to evacuate thousands of people, and are working to remove those in the areas closest to the volcano first.
One lava flow was quickly seen sliding down the mountainside and approaching a group of houses.
Itahiza Dominguez, head of seismology of Spain’s National Geology Institute, told local TV station RTVC that previous “eruptions on the Canary Islands lasted weeks or even months.”
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