(ANSA) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 19 - The Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, erupted causing a huge column of smoke. El Pais reports it. The eruption was preceded by a small earthquake that was felt mainly in the Las Manchas area of El Paso.
The seismic swarm caused by volcanic activity began a week ago and had alerted several municipalities on the Canary Island.
Since this phenomenon began, the Geographical Institute has recorded more than 6,600 small earthquakes in the Cumbre Vieja area, south of La Palma. In recent days, the authorities had declared the "yellow" alert level (the second out of four) for the municipalities of Fuencaliente, LosLlanos de Aridane, El Paso y Mazo, where about 35,000 reside.
At the moment, only 40 people with reduced mobility living in the neighboring villages and the animals found on the surrounding farms have been evacuated. (HANDLE).