A village on one of Spain’s Canary Islands has been evacuated because of the threat of an eruption of an underwater volcano.
The increasingly strong seismic activity has prompted the authorities to put the area around La Restringa on red alert and the rest of the island on yellow alert.
El Hierro is the smallest of the Canary Islands with around 11,000 residents. Since the seismic activity began back in July there have been more than 10,000 tremors.
The number of people being moved from their homes in the village of La Restringa is between five and six hundred.
“We didn’t have time to prepare anything, we just took what was most necessary,” said one woman. Another said: “Some clothes, medicines, the deeds to the house, that’s all they told us.”
It is the second time in a month that the villagers have had to move out of their homes. The civil authorities are describing this latest evacuation as a precautionary step.
The last time a volcano fully erupted in the Canaries was in 1971.