Firefighters retreat, towns evacuate as La Palma explosions escalate
Volcanic explosions on the Spanish island of La Palma intensified on Friday after a new vent opened, forcing firefighters to retreat and three more towns to evacuate, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Mount Cumbre Vieja erupted earlier this week, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate, Reuters reports. Firefighters had been scheduled for clean-up work on Friday before the latest explosion.
- "The volcano is in a newly explosive phase ... Firefighters will not operate anymore today," the Tenerife fire service, which had been in La Palma to help locals, tweeted Friday morning.
- The towns evacauted were Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not been evacuated yet per Reuters.
- Multiple airlines canceled their flights to La Palma on Friday including Binter, Iberia and Canaryfly, per Reuters.
Flashback: The volcano erupted on the southern part of the island which came after many weeks of seismic activity including a 3.8 magnitude earthquake before the explosion.
What they're saying: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared the island an emergency zone on Friday.
- Sánchez also said that the government was working on a plan to rebuild the island as well as aid neighboring islands.