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More evacuations due to Canaries volcano

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More evacuations due to Canaries volcano


Hundreds of people have now been evacuated from a village in Spain’s Canary Islands because of an underwater volcanic eruption.

Most at risk from the eruption and seismic activity are deemed to be residents on El Hierro, the smallest of the islands in the Canaries.

One evacuee said she took a camping mattress with her. She said her family had nowhere to stay and did not know where they will sleep. “There are four of us,” she said, “and this will be in case we need it.”

Another woman said: “In the space of about 30 minutes I grabbed clothes for me and my kids and then quickly left.”

The eruption is happening off the coast at a depth of about 1,000 metres, but the only visible evidence is dead fish that have floated to the surface.

Experts say there has been a series of earthquakes beneath the islands, resulting in the eruption of lava and gas.

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