Spain's Royals meet La Palma volcano evacuees

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia, along with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, visited some of the thousands of evacuees at El Fuerte barracks.

About 6,000 of La Palma's population of 80,000 have been evacuated since Sunday (September 19). Some were allowed back briefly to recover belongings.

For a fifth day, lava flowing down the slopes of the volcano engulfed more than 200 houses, schools and banana plantations, although more slowly than in previous days.

Experts had originally predicted the lava would hit the Atlantic Ocean late on Monday (September 21), potentially causing explosions and sending out clouds of toxic gases.

Marine authorities are keeping a two nautical mile area in the sea closed as a precaution, but, after re-assessing the situation experts said on Wednesday (September 22) the lava may not end up in the ocean.

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