Highlights:
• On Monday, officials stated that the volcano eruption in the Canary Islands has led to the evacuation of around 5000 people and has destroyed around 100 houses
• Angel Victor Torres stated that the lava is moving towards the coast and there are around 17-20 million cubic meters of lava
• Sergio Rodriguez said that around 20 houses were swamped by the lava in the El Paso village with various sections of roads

On Monday, officials stated that the first volcano eruption in the Canary Islands in over 50 years has led to the evacuation of around 5000 people, which includes 500 tourists, and has destroyed around 100 houses.

The volcano eruption took place on Sunday, which caused lava to be shot hundreds of meters into the air, houses, and forests to be completely swamped, and the molten rocks reached the Atlantic Ocean through a sparsely populated region of La Palma. No fatalities have been reported till now and the volcano eruption is still underway.

Angel Victor Torres, President of the Canary Islands, stated that the lava is moving towards the coast and there are around 17-20 million cubic meters of lava. Mayor Sergio Rodriguez said that around 20 houses were swamped by the lava in the El Paso village in addition to various sections of roads.

Fred Olsen, the ferry operator, said that around 360 tourists were evacuated by boat to Tenerife from the beach resort in Puerto Naos. Nemesio Perez, a volcanologist, stated that people did not behave recklessly, so more fatalities are unlikely.

Reyes Maroto, the tourism minister, stated that the island is open, and if the hotel the tourists were staying in has been affected, they will find another hotel. Maroto continued that they should use this chance to make the most of it and enjoy what nature has brought.

Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain, arrived in La Palma on Sunday, and said that the citizens can “rest easy.” Sanchez will visit the affected areas on Monday.

Enaire civil Air authorities stated that airspace is open and does not have any visible problem. Even though four flights were canceled by the local airline Binter, the flights will resume their services on Monday.

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