Flowing lava destroys 100 houses after La Palma volcano eruption

The volcano erupted on Sunday. Credit: AP

Lava from an erupted Canary Islands volcano is flowing slowly towards the sea but no injuries have been reported after 5,000 people were evacuated.

The lava is moving at 700 metres per hour on La Palma off northwest Africa, according to the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute.

Around 100 houses have been destroyed by the lava, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported.

The volcano is spewing lava. Credit: AP

"We're not expecting any other eruption," Canary Islands government chief Ángel Víctor Torres told SER radio, adding that air traffic in the area was not affected.

"There will be considerable material damage," he said. "We hope there won't be any personal injuries."

No further evacuations were expected, officials said.

Lava flowing down a hill destroys a building in La Palma

"The lava probably won't take any lives but it will destroy everything it encounters," Nemesio Perez, scientific coordinator at the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute, explained to SER.

Experts think the eruption could last for weeks or potentially even months.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has delayed his trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly in order to visit the area on Monday.

Lava is flowing to the sea. Credit: AP

The volcano erupted on Sunday after a growth seismic activity over the previous week.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute reported the eruption taking place around 3pm near the southern end of the island, which saw its last eruption in 1971.