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La Palma volcano: Three more towns evacuated and firefighters forced to retreat amid intensifying volcanic explosions

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Three more towns have been evacuated and firefighters have been forced to retreat amid intensifying volcanic explosions on the island of the Palma in the Canaries.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not already been evacuated due to a volcanic eruption.

Residents there were initially told to stay indoors but emergency services said they decided to take more serious precautions due to increased volcanic activity.

Firefighters also retreated from the town of Todoque due to the growing intensity of volcanic explosions and a “high presence of ash”, the fire service said on Twitter.

Crews had been leading clean-up efforts in the area when a new vent opened up in the flank of the volcano, with videos on social media showing a massive shockwave emanating from the site of the eruption.

“The volcano is in a newly explosive phase… firefighters will not operate anymore today,” the Tenerife fire service said.

The volcano erupted five days ago and has since destroyed almost 400 buildings, including many homes, on the western side of the island of 85,000 people.

Almost 7,000 people have had to flee their homes amid loud explosions, a large cloud of ash and a cracked fissure that has spewed out more lava.

The ash cloud, which rose four miles into the sky, forced regional airline Binter to cancel flights.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he and ministers plan to declare La Palma a “catastrophic zone” and provide aid to those affected.

No casualties have been yet been reported, which some say is due to the speed of the evacuations.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute recorded 1,130 earthquakes in the area over the past week – but said it had not registered any in the past 24 hours.

In a more positive sign, the advance of the main river of lava towards the sea slowed to one metre per hour.

Courtesy of Sky News

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Explosive activity and volcanic ash continues at Fuego Volcano in Guatemala

Satellite image of Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View

Explosive activity continues with volcanic ash plumes at Fuego Volcano in Guatemala

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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Second Strong Explosion At La Soufrière Volcano In St. Vincent Island, West Indies, Caribbean

Eruption column of the second explosion of Soufrière St. Vincent volcano this afternoon (image: UWISeismic Research / twitter)

A second strong explosion occurred this afternoon, around 2:45 pm, apparently similar in size as the one from the morning.

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington reports an ash plume reaching 20,000 ft (7 km) altitude and moving SE. Images taken from the island confirm a tall ash column rising at least 4 km according to estimates from the volcano observatory.

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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Intense strombolian activity at Etna volcano in Italy

Intense activity at Etna’s SE crater this morning (image: LAVE webcam)

Europe’s most active volcano remains highly active, erupting from at least two of its summit craters: although visibility has been very poor, intermittent clear views allow to see intense strombolian-type activity from the New SE crater and the Voragine central crater.

The latter is less frequent and not as strong as the activity at the protagonist New SE crater. Tremor has been high and showing a steady increasing trend, indicating that magma is currently flowing towards the surface at increased rate.

Whether there will be another paroxysm with lava fountains soon is open to speculation at the moment.

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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