The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute tweeted several videos of the eruption on the island of La Palma. Writing alongside, it said: “The eruption has just begun.”
Officials on the Spanish islands said a huge column of smoke rose up after the eruption at 3.15 p.m. local time (3.15pm BST) in the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island, according the Canary Islands government.
Shortly beforehand, local authorities had evacuated around 40 people with mobility problems and farm animals from the villages around the volcano.
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