Latest Canary Islands News

Canary Islands: More than 400 migrants rescued in Atlantic

Nov. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EST

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers have saved and disembarked more than 400 migrants and asylum-seekers to the Canary Islands in the past two days as they attempted to reach the Atlantic Ocean archipelago from West Africa on several overcrowded, unsafe smuggling boats. ...

In 2 days, 10 migrants die trying to reach Spanish islands

Nov. 15, 2021 15:41 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers say 10 migrants have died while trying to reach the Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Rescuers said Monday they found a migrant boat drifting 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the Canary Islands and saved 40 people...

Spain seeks to curb migrant arrivals to Canary Islands

Nov. 11, 2021 11:16 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 400 migrants arrived by sea in Spain’s Canary Islands over a 24-hour period, emergency services said on Thursday, as the Spanish government discussed with Algerian officials ways of fighting illegal migration from North Africa to Europe. Most...

AP PHOTOS: A slow motion burial awaits in volcano no-go zone

Nov. 04, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CUMBRE VIEJA EXCLUSION ZONE, Canary Islands (AP) — A child’s swing. A fountain in a courtyard. A tray of glasses abandoned under the duress of escape. All will disappear as a blizzard of dark ash blows from a volcano on La Palma island and drifts to the ground inch by inch, foot by foot. ...

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Nov. 03, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma are telling people who live near an erupting volcano to stay indoors because of a heavy fall of ash that has forced the cancellation of flights and school classes. The Cumbre...

Banana farmers lose livelihoods as lava devours La Palma

Nov. 02, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LAS MANCHAS DE ABAJO, Canary Islands (AP) — His home went first. Then the house his father built. Then the lottery stand and hardware store he owned succumbed. Lastly, Antonio Álvarez had to watch as lava from a volcanic eruption slowly devoured the remaining pillar of...

With no sign of eruption's end, ash blankets La Palma island

Oct. 31, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma that has been erupting for six weeks spewed greater quantities of ash from its main mouth Sunday, a day after producing its strongest earthquake to date. Lava flows descending...

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on

Oct. 27, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Residents on Spain’s La Palma island braced Wednesday for the possibility of bigger earthquakes that could compound the damage from a volcano spilling lava more than five weeks since it erupted. Seismologists said a 4.6...

Spanish volcano more active, spews 'giant lava fountain'

Oct. 25, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A volcano erupting for the past five weeks on the Spanish island of La Palma is more active than ever, officials said Monday, after new lava flows following a partial collapse of the crater threatened to engulf previously unaffected areas. A powerful new...

Canary Islands: Child dies after urgent migrant boat rescue

Oct. 25, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Emergency agencies in Spain’s Canary Islands say a child who was among dozens of migrants rescued from a boat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean has died. Two adults and six children found on the boat some 185 kilometers (114 miles) southwest of...