September 20, 2021 The Cumbre Vieja volcano, in the south of the island of La Palma in the Canary archipelago, erupted causing a huge column of smoke.

The eruption was preceded by a small earthquake that was felt mostly 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. 

The evacuation of the residents of the island of La Palma was completed in time, the technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Risk Prevention Plan, Miguel Angel Morcuende, confirmed. More than 5 thousand people involved. The technician, in a press conference after the meeting of the scientific committee of Pevolca, which was attended by the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, announced that the volcanic eruption has two fissures, about 200 meters apart, and eight mouths through which lava emerges. Morcuende recalled that the deformation of the surface continues, which has risen by 19 centimeters and that new cracks are not excluded. 

The Cumbre Vieja de La Palma is one of the most active volcanic complexes of the Canary Islands: two of the last three eruptions recorded on the islands took place in this area, the one at the San Juan volcano, in 1949, and the one at Tenegui'a, in 1971.