Sep 25, 2021 - World

Airport closes as La Palma explosion intensifies

The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma in September 25, 2021.

Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP via Getty Images

The Spanish island of La Palma was forced to close its airport on Saturday after volcanic explosions intensified, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Mount Cumbre Vieja began erupting last Sunday, and on Friday, a new vent opened, forcing firefighters to retreat and three more towns to evacuate.

The big picture: The volcano's cone has broken, according to footage from drones operated by the national Geographical and Mining Institute, per Reuters.

  • Ash accumulation caused the airport to close and many of those with canceled flights sought to leave via ferries, causing a bottleneck at the primary port.
  • So far, there have been no deaths or serious injuries.

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.

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