The volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday afternoon has so far destroyed eight buildings.

The lava is said to have reached the first residential areas of the island by now.

Ten thousand islanders are evacuated.

Residents are urged to stay away from the spewing volcano.

Several roads on the island are closed and some of the schools will remain closed for the time being.

Authorities carried out evacuations well before the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Seismologists had already registered a series of earthquakes, which led to a new volcanic eruption.

The last eruption on the island occurred in October 1971, when the volcano Teneguía spewed lava for more than three weeks.

There are still lava flows and smoke and ash are spreading over the island.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has arrived on La Palma to support the approximately 83,000 inhabitants.

He has canceled a visit to the US and consulted with local authorities about the situation.

There are currently at least two hundred Dutch people on the island, but they are not in danger, according to travel organization TUI.

"We are taking action where necessary to ensure the safety of our guests," said a spokesperson.


Volcano erupts and spews lava on Canary Island La Palma