Spain: Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma has showed “no signs” of slowing down

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has shown "no signs" of slowing down according to local officials.

The volcano, which is on the Canary Island of La Palma, began erupting on the 19 September, pouring out rivers of lava and huge clouds of ash.

It's destroyed almost 2,000 buildings on the island, and around 7,000 people have had to evacuate their homes to safety.

The Canary Islands president Angel Víctor Torres, said: "There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent even though this is the greatest desire of everyone."

"We are at the mercy of the volcano. It's the only one who can decide when this ends," he said.

Scientists at the Spanish National Geographical Institute said they recorded more than 40 earthquake tremors over the weekend, the strongest of which was around 4.3 on the Richter scale.

Due to a fast response from local rescue services, no serious injuries have been reported on the island, and nobody has been killed since the eruption began.

Streams of lava have now covered more than 742 hectares of land on the island.

Local authorities are now stepping up their protective measures in the Tazacorte area as the southern lava stream is now almost 200 metres away from the sea.

Scientists are concerned about lava meeting the sea because toxic gases may be released into the air and can cause eye, lung and skin irritation

The La Palma airport was closed over the weekend due to huge ash clouds from the volcano, but this has now re-opened.