La Palma volcano: Third fissure erupts after eight new earthquakes | World News


An erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has blown open a third fissure – sending a fresh river of lava down the mountainside.

It came as authorities recorded eight new earthquakes up to magnitude 3.5 on the island of La Palma on Friday.

They are now waiting to see whether lava from the new fissure – which burst open around 400m to the north of original eruption site – will join the main flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano range, which has reached the Atlantic Ocean.

The Canaries Volcanology Institute described the latest opening as a new “focus of eruption”, and there were no immediate fresh evacuation orders from emergency services.

Residents living on the coast have been warned to stay indoors.

Scientists have warned of breathing difficulties and irritation to eyes and skin due to the chemical reaction caused by the lava reaching the sea.

Satellite picture of lava flow following the eruption of a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain. Pic: Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery/ @DEFIS_EU/Reuters
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