One of the two lava flows created by the volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma has stopped.

The second lava flow is moving slowly and will certainly not reach the sea on Thursday or Friday, authorities told the Spanish newspaper

El Periódico

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The second lava flow is 500 meters wide at the front.

Experts warn that if the lava reaches the sea, it could lead to explosions and the release of toxic fumes.

The fact that one of the lava flows has stopped and the other flows more slowly towards the sea than had been feared does not mean that the volcano has lost strength, according to the Spanish Geographical Institute.

The volcano remains active, with a cloud of ash and gas reaching up to 4,500 meters high, the institute said.

Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sunday.

There were also Dutch tourists on the Canary Island during the eruption.

Dozens of those vacationers had to be evacuated as access roads to their hotel threatened to be blocked by the volcanic eruption.

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This is what happens when lava flows into the sea (and a swimming pool)

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