Nothing can survive the unstoppable flow of magma engulfing La Palma, reports ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers
More people were forced to evacuate when a new fissure opened up on the La Palma volcano, causing lava to expel through another area.
Rivers of lava, reaching six meters high, flowed along the hills and streets, threatening to swallow villas, crops and warehouses on its way down to the sea.
Images show more lava spewing from the volcano and rolling down the hills
It occurs after several small earthquakes rocked the Espanol island in the Canaris in the early hours of Tuesday.
The new vent is 900 meters north of Cumbre Vieja ridge, where the volcano erupted on Sunday, after a week of thousands of small earthquakes.
It is also close to the Tacande district, in the municipality of El Paso.
The earthquakes warned authorities that an eruption was likely and allowed more than 5,000 people to be evacuated, avoiding casualties.
Gran Canaria firefighters shared a video of the lava flow moving down a street, writing: “The force of nature we cannot do anything against. “
Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, said it will take “weeks” before all the damage is properly assessed as steps have been taken to declare a state of emergency in the region.
“Today, in the Council of Ministers, the government has started all the steps to activate the procedure of declaration of the state of emergency in the region by the government, it will be long weeks so that we can assess all the damage, ”he told reporters at a press conference.
“The management of the crisis will not end when the lava meets the sea, but rather when La Palma returns to its normalcy and we agree to rebuild everything that has already been destroyed by the lava. “
The new vent opened after what the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology said was a magnitude 3.8 earthquake late Monday.
As of Tuesday, lava had covered about 260 acres of land and destroyed 166 homes and other buildings, according to the European Union’s Earth Observation program called Copernicus.
Gran Canaria firefighters shared a video of lava flowing down a street, writing: “The force of nature we can do nothing against. “
Cumbre Vieja began to erupt around 3 p.m. (2 p.m. GMT) on Sunday. Scientists say the lava flows could last for weeks or months.
Cumbre Vieja is one of the most active volcanic regions on the island and its last eruption dates back to 1971.