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Hundreds have been evacuated as red-hot lava threatens to ruin homes in Spain's La Palma district

Hundreds have been evacuated as red-hot lava threatens to ruin homes in Spain's La Palma district

On Tuesday, over 700 people were ordered to leave their homes on the Spanish island of La Palma, as red-hot lava slammed towards their neighbourhood.

According to the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), as the Cumbre Vieja volcano's Cumber Vija eruption melted magma, authorities ordered between 700 and 800 people of La Laguna to leave home with their belongings and pets.

"We want to pick up documents and other things because our whole life is in that house and we cannot collect over 30 years in five minutes," Enrique, a spanish home-owner, told Reuters.

Authorities gave homeowners until 1800 GMT to collect their possessions.

"We were forced to evacuate a new area. The lava is moving slowly. People should have time to take their documents, personal items, and anything of value," said Miguel Angel Morcuende, Pevolca's technical director.

The largest movement measuring 4.1 on Tuesday was a total of 64 seismic movements, according to the Spanish National Geological Institute.

According to airport operator AENA (AEN.MC), La Palma airport remained open but 11 flights were cancelled on Tuesday and others were delayed.

Earlier on Tuesday, officials lifted a lockdown order because of flaming smoke clouds over two villages caused by the eruption, allowing over 3,000 people to go outside, giving them more than 30,000 minutes to evacuate.

Lava escaping from the volcano engulfed a cement factory on Monday, raising clouds of smoke and urging officials to warn people in the area to stay at home.

Lava from the Sept. 19 eruption has destroyed nearly 600 hectares in total, according to authorities.

After the volcano's cone partially collapsed on Saturday, a fresh stream of lava swarmed towards the sea, devouring banana and avocado plantations and most of the remaining houses in the town of Todoque.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, according to the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute, and forced the evacuation of about 6,700 people.

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