Volcano ERUPTS on Spanish island La Palma and rescuers scramble to evacuate more than 5,000 residents as plumes of smoke billow out of La Cumbre Vieja | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Volcano ERUPTS on Spanish island La Palma and rescuers scramble to evacuate more than 5,000 residents as plumes of smoke billow out of La Cumbre Vieja

A volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a week long build-up of seismic activity, forcing the authorities to scramble evacuations for more than 5,000 people as lava ran towards their homes.

The explosion took place in an area known as Cabeza de Vaca on the western slope of the volcanic ridge as it descends to the coast, and comes after the island registered up to 1,000 earthquakes in the past five days alone.

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