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WATCH: Volcano on Spanish island La Palma continues to erupt

Spanish island La Palma erupts
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The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma continues unabated, with no signs of abating, according to scientists.

The volcano has been active for 66 days, spewing lava and ash and causing earthquakes, according to Xinhua.

The National Geographic Institute of Spain recorded 46 earthquakes between 12 a.m. and 7.37 a.m. on Tuesday, with the strongest tremors measuring 4.8 and 4.7 on the Richter scale.

On Monday, 95 earthquakes were recorded, the most since November 17, when over 300 tremors were recorded.

A fourth lava flow reached the sea on Monday, raising the prospect of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases caused by the hot lava meeting the cooler saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean.

Approximately 3,000 local residents have been ordered to stay indoors.

On the island, lava has now covered approximately 1,060 hectares of land.

Over 2,500 buildings have been destroyed, and approximately 7,000 people have been evacuated.

The island’s airport has been closed due to ash and dust buildup from the volcano.

Flights to and from the island were cancelled over the weekend, and the situation is expected to be reviewed soon, according to Binter, a regional Canary Island carrier.

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