The Palm: Around 300 more people fled their homes early Thursday as flows of molten rock gushing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano threatened to engulf another area on the Spanish island of La Palma.
The emergency teams gave people who lived between the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna a few hours to collect their belongings and pets and go to a meeting point.
During the morning, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook the island, said the National Geographic Institute of Spain, the strongest of the 100 that have affected the eruption zone in the last 24 hours.
The tremors have been recorded almost constantly since before the eruption.
With no end in sight for the eruption, which is in its fourth week, authorities said they expected the lava flow to continue spreading northwest from the volcano.
The red-hot lava has already washed away almost 600 hectares of land and destroyed around 1,500 houses and other buildings, including a cement plant that emitted toxic gases earlier in the week.
The flow has also eaten away banana and avocado plantations vital to the island’s economy.
According to the official registry, 300 people live in the area between Tazacorte and La Laguna.
A small group of 10-15 people who lived nearby have already left Wednesday night. More than 6,000 people have been evacuated on the island of 83,000 people.