Another village on the Canary Island of La Palma has been evacuated because of the ongoing eruption of a nearby volcano. Residents were ordered to leave El Paso after lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano. More than 6,000 people have fled and hundreds of homes have already been destroyed since Sunday.
The amazing natural fireworks show for three days and three nights. It is absolutely mesmerizing. It’s hard to take your eyes off it. But of course it is destructive because you can see the lava flowing downhill there that has scarred the landscape and it’s torched everything in its path. There have been more earth tremors and further lava flows which suggest this spectacular show won’t be over any time soon.
Families and more communities are packing up and getting the village is being cleared in a last dash for people to grab whatever they can. The flames and the lava are really close. That’s why there’s such a risk to these properties and why people are making every effort to get out. There’s ash falling on clothes. You can taste it in the air and the whole time there’s the thunderous rumble of the volcano in the background. So, that is why people are loading up and going. But leaving is painful and there’s a sense of panic.