The announcement came over three months after the eruption began as a major clean-up operation now awaits the island, which is left in ash covered ruins.
Around 800 people were ordered to evacuate their houses in a first mass exit since around 6,000 people were told to leave the immediate area in the hours after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on September 19.
Emergency services on the Spanish Canary island say 3,500 residents of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane can now leave home as air quality has improved, but advancing lava has caused hundreds to evacuate in La Laguna.
Red-hot lava from a volcano that erupted on the Spanish island of La Palma reached the Atlantic Ocean, nine days after it started to flow down the island.
When molten rock eventually meets the Atlantic Ocean, it could trigger explosions releasing toxic gas but Spain's Canary Islands authorities do not expect large disruptions on the coast on account of the lava’s speed.
Nearly 6,000 people have been displaced, and flights have been cancelled as the volcano entered a new explosive phase, Spanish authorities on the Canary island said.
Mariano Hernandez Zapata, head of La Palma’s government, describes the area impacted as “desolate”, saying the lava was “on average about six metres high”.
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