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WATCH: Terrifying volcanic eruption on Canary Islands

A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted  for the first time in 50 years after a week-long build-up of seismic activity. 

Thousands of people have been evacuated according to reports, with at least 100 homes damaged so far.  A small earthquake preceded the eruption, in Las Manchas neighborhood in El Pas.

Terrifying scenes of volcanic eruption and molten lava flowing down the mountain are being shared on social media.

The scale and power of the eruption was explained in this tweet.

 

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