The Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma island continued to erupt for a 26th-straight day, sending plumes of ash into the air and lava down the mountain slopes on Thursday.
Around 300 more people fled their homes early on Thursday as flows of molten rock pouring from the volcano threatened to engulf another area on the Spanish island.
Emergency crews gave people living between the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna a few hours to collect their belongings and pets and go to a meeting point.
During the morning, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the island, the Spanish National Geographic Institute said – the strongest of 100 quakes that have hit the eruption zone over the past 24 hours.
Tremors have been recorded almost constantly since before the eruption.
With no end in sight to the eruption, authorities said they were expecting the lava flow to keep spreading northwest from the volcano.
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