The La Palma volcano is already taking lava from seven different mouths and has forced the activation of level 2 of emergencies due to the danger of fires and Involcan has decreed the red traffic light, the maximum, which means the total evacuation of the population. The UME, the Army emergency services are already going to the island to assist in emergency tasks.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted at 3:10 p.m. this Sunday. After two tremors in the Cabeza de Vaca area, an explosive column of ash and lava has begun to emerge from the volcano.

After fifty years asleep, and after 8 days of seismic swarm, the La Palma volcano has erupted in the area of ​​Las Manchas, in the municipality of El Paso in Cumbre Vieja.

The pyroclasts and magma have been being expelled since 3:10 p.m. today, Sunday, by six mouths, two of them with great force . The lava already runs down the slope, there is a dense column of smoke and ash and the possibility of fire is worrying, as it is an area with vegetation. The UME travels to the area, and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that he is going to the Canary Islands .

Two of those mouths expel lava, which after crossing the Tacande highway advances towards the populated areas of Alcalá and El Paraíso , where some 350 residents have already been evicted and there are already affected homes, although it has not been possible to count how many.

A has been declared fire in a housing nucleus in the upper area of ​​Las Manchas , where the lava has reached since its inception at 700 meters in Cabeza de Vaca.

The experts and the different technicians deployed are analyzing the volume of lava that is being emitted and the evolution of the eruption in order with the data collected to make an estimate of the path that the magma will take, predictably towards the coast . In this way it could affect Todoque. The volcano lodges under its surface a total of 11 million cubic meters of magma. The pressure of this material has produced a deformation of the ground of 15 centimeters, five of them in the last 24 hours, when the process has intensified very quickly.

It is a " strombolian eruption ", as it occurred in the volcano of Teneguía on October 26, 1971.

The eruption forecasts have focused on the Las Manchas area this morning, where the largest tremors were recorded in recent hours . The place of the eruption is close to the lava flows left by the San Juan volcano in 1949.

In the Cumbre Vieja area, in addition to the San Juan volcano (1949), the Teneguía erupted in October 1971.

The Scientific Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk (PEVOLCA), meeting this Sunday, has begun the evacuation of the population, a preventive evacuation of the population had already been carried out at risk and people with reduced mobility , about 50 people.

The evacuation is for the residents of the neighborhoods of Las Manchas (Manchas de Abajo, Jedey, San Nicolás and El Paraíso) in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane; the Charco (Fuencaliente); La Bombilla (Los LLanos and Tazacorte) and El Remo and Puerto Naos (Los Llanos de Aridane). The has also begun evacuation of farm and domestic animals .

The Cabildo de La Palma asks the population to take extreme precautions and not approach the area of ​​the eruption to avoid unnecessary risks, as well as to keep the roads clear so that they can be used by the entire land operation.

In addition, the trails and access roads have been closed and it warns of possible damage and infrastructures, and rockfalls in the sections of the roads between Fuencaliente and Las Manchas, and in the access to the tunnel from Santa Cruz de La Palma to El He passed. There have been so far three detachments of rocks without damage .

The seismic activity has reached the maximum since the beginning of the swarm in La Palma with an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale at a depth of two kilometers at 11.16 hours today after another of magnitude 3.6 at two kilometers from depth felt in six municipalities, El Paso where it has been located, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Breña Alta, Fuencaliente and Breña Baja. At 10:52 a.m., another strong 3.2 earthquake was felt in many parts of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, Breña Alta, Breña Baja, Villa de Mazo and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Since 10.16 am this Sunday, up to have been chained a dozen tremors with magnitudes that have ranged between 2.1 and 3.8 on the Richter scale . Most of them have been located in the town of El Paso, at a very shallow depth.