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.
Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's lawyer said he was arrested "on his arrival in Sardinia." Incumbent president of Catalonia opposes the arrest strongly.
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”.
There had been more than 22,000 tremors this week in the Cumbre Vieja area, a chain of volcanoes that last had a major eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canaries.
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that the Military Emergency Unit has been deployed to help firefighters tackle the blaze, which has driven over 1,000 people from their homes in the mountainous Sierra Bermeja region.
A woman was found clinging to the boat with a dead man and woman next to her, rescuers say after the accident that is feared to have killed 52 African migrants.
Amnesty International spokesperson Angel Gonzalo urges Spain to immediately stop deportation of minors as it violates international law.
Italy saw temperatures in places upwards of 40°C, and Rome broiled. By late afternoon Friday, the heat in Florence reached 39°C. That city and Bologna also were issued alerts for Saturday by the health ministry.
Red ochre pigment discovered on stalagmites in the Caves of Ardales, near Malaga in southern Spain, were created by Neanderthals about 65,000 years ago, making them possibly the first artists on earth, according to the study by PNAS journal.
Spain's top football league announced it has agreed in principle to sell 10 percent of its business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for $3.2 billion, a welcome boost to clubs whose finances have taken a hit during the pandemic.
Devastating fires reach as far north as Russia and have hit continental Europe amid a scorching heatwave.
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