Canary Islands tourist warning: More than 5,000 people evacuated after volcano eruption

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Britons planning to travel to the holiday spot have also been put on alert.

The Spanish Government has advised against travelling to the Canary Islands. 

However, all the airports continue to operate without disruption at the time of writing. 

The British government said: “On Sunday September 19, 2021, at approximately 15:15 local time, there was a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.

“The immediate area of Cabeza de Vaca, El Paso has been evacuated.

“If you are in an affected area you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma.

“If you are planning to travel to the island imminently you are encouraged to contact your tour operators / airlines.”

The volcanic eruption in ‘Cumbre Vieja’, in the area of ​​Cabeza de Vaca has seen over 5,000 evacuated today. 

An evacuation plan designed by the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan is currently underway.

The volcanic eruption alert has gone from yellow traffic light to red.

According to the Civil Guard, the evacuation affects more than 5,000 people from different districts in the municipalities of El Paso, Tazacorte and Los Llanos de Aridane.

‘More to follow…’

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