Buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma were engulfed by rivers of lava early Saturday, with a spectacle of lightning sparking the drama of a red-hot explosion.
Reuters witnesses said magma destroyed at least four buildings in the village of Callejón de la Gata.
The Spanish National Geological Institute said Saturday there was a series of 37 seismic movements, with the largest measuring 4.1.
The European Commission’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service tweeted on Saturday that since the Cambre Vieja volcano began erupting on September 19, it has destroyed nearly 1,150 buildings and engulfed 480 hectares (1,190 acres) of land.
About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic and which has about 83,000 residents.
Flashes of lightning were seen near the blast early Saturday. A study published in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that lightning can be generated during volcanic eruptions because of the electric charge produced by the collision of ash particles.
Airlines flying to the Canary Islands had been advised if the planes had to change course or land was delayed due to ashore, said a spokesman for Enair, which controls navigation in Spanish airspace.
Spanish air traffic operator Aina said La Palma’s airport has been closed since Thursday because of the ash, but other airports in the archipelago remained open.
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