Authorities reported a volcano in Spain's Canary Islands continued to erupt and spew lava on Friday, five days after it erupted.

Locals were startled by the loud blasts, which sent shock waves reverberating throughout the hillsides. Explosions at the volcano's mouth flung molten rock and ash across a large area. Emergency services withdrew from the area as a precaution.

Due to a large ash cloud, regional airline Binter briefly halted operations.

According to a European Union monitoring program, the lava has destroyed about 400 buildings on La Palma, including many homes, on the island's western side, which has an estimated population of 85,000 people.

According to the report, the lava has covered 180 hectares (almost 20,000 square feet) and has blocked 14 kilometers (9 miles) of roadways. Farming and tourism are the main sources of income for islanders, and some may lose their jobs as a result.

As the Cumbre Vieja volcano ridge trembled with lava bursts, the government of La Palma island said officials had detected 1,130 quakes in the area during the past week.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez unveiled a package of measures to help the island get back on its feet and "rebuild lives" during a visit to La Palma. According to Sanchez, the Spanish government will assist in the reconstruction of homes and public infrastructure such as roads, irrigation networks, and schools, as well as the relaunch of the island's tourism economy. He did not specify how much money will be made available, but said additional information would be provided at a Cabinet meeting next week.

According to the Guardia Civil police agency, the blasts are throwing ash up to 4,500 meters (almost 15,000 feet) into the air. People were advised to wear face masks to protect themselves from the ash.

Due to their halting progress, scientists are doubtful that the two rivers of lava will cover the final 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) to the sea.

One of the molten rock flows has virtually come to a halt, while a second is travelling at 4 to 5 meters per hour, according to the Guardia Civil.

Both are at least 10 meters (33 feet) tall at the leading edge, and they are demolishing homes, agriculture, and infrastructure in their path.

The lava flows might linger for weeks or months, according to scientists.

There have been no reports of casualties as a result of the eruption. Scientists had been monitoring the volcanic activity and had issued an alert in the event of an eruption, allowing nearly 7,000 people to be evacuated in time.