Latest Canary Islands News

Spanish eruption's end brings 'emotional relief,' rebuilding

Dec. 25, 2021 09:52 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities on one of Spain's Canary Islands declared a volcanic eruption that started in September officially finished Saturday following 10 days of no lava flows, seismic activity or significant sulfur dioxide emissions. But the emergency in La Palma, the most...

After 3 tense months, Spanish volcano eruption may be over

Dec. 15, 2021 11:57 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Residents on the Spanish island of La Palma dared to hope Wednesday that their volcanic eruption is over after almost three months of unnerving daily explosions, earthquakes, rivers of molten rock and a huge ash plume containing toxic gases. The Cumbre Vieja volcano...

Scientists cautious as erupting Spanish volcano falls quiet

Dec. 14, 2021 06:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A volcano that has been spewing lava in Spain’s Canary Islands for almost three months fell quiet Tuesday, though scientists warned the lull didn't necessarily mean the eruption is over. Scientists recorded no seismic activity from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La...

Spanish island volcano eruption hits local record of 85 days

Dec. 12, 2021 10:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands shows no sign of ending after 85 days, becoming the island of La Palma’s longest eruption on record Sunday. The eruption has surged and ebbed since it first began spewing lava on Sept. 19. It has since destroyed almost...

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists

Dec. 02, 2021 03:23 AM EST

LAS MANCHAS, Canary Islands (AP) — They come with eagle-eyed drones and high-precision instruments. Aided by satellites, they analyze gas emissions and the flows of molten rock. On the ground, they collect everything from the tiniest particles to “lava bombs” the size of watermelons...

Volcanic lava threatens church, more homes on La Palma

Dec. 01, 2021 11:38 AM EST

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A fresh river of lava from the volcano on Spain’s La Palma island threatened Wednesday to engulf a parish church that has so far survived the eruption that shows no signs of relenting after 10 weeks. The nearest lava flow...

New vents open up, lava surges from Spanish island's volcano

Nov. 28, 2021 10:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Several new volcanic vents have opened up on the Spanish island of La Palma, releasing new lava that is speeding down a ridge and threatening to widen the damages on evacuated land, roads and homes, authorities said Sunday. The molten rock coming out from...

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...