Incredible Video Shows La Palma Volcano Lava 'Tsunami' Traveling at 'Amazing' Speed

An incredible video captured on the Spanish island of La Palma shows what officials have described as a lava "tsunami" traveling at "amazing" speed.

The video, posted by the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan) on Thursday, shows lava flowing out of the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano.

The volcano, which is located in the Canary Islands archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa, has been erupting since September 19, with lava flows causing widespread destruction on La Palma.

"Today one of our crew was able to film a truly lava 'tsunami.' Amazing speed and overflow of the lava channel," Involcan said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

Lava flowing out of the volcano toward the Atlantic Ocean forced the evacuation of more than 300 people on Thursday, according to the Cabildo de La Palma—the governing body of the island.

Uno de nuestros equipos ha podido filmar hoy un verdadero "tsunami" de lava. Impresionante velocidad y desborde del canal lávico / today one of our crew was able to film a truly lava "tsunami". Amazing speed and overflow of the lava channel. pic.twitter.com/aoKiUSJ2bX

— INVOLCAN (@involcan) October 14, 2021

In total, more than 7,000 people have had to flee their homes on the island, which has a population of around 85,000, as a result of the ongoing eruptions, local government figures show. Around 1,200 of those people have had to evacuate since Tuesday alone.

On Saturday last week, part of the volcano's cone partially collapsed, after which there was a spike in lava flows and explosive activity.

So much molten rock was spewing out of Cumbre Vieja's volcanic cone on Thursday that at around 2:15 p.m. local time a huge overflow could be seen, as shown in the video below that was shared by Involcan.

Desborde de la colada de lava en el cono principal a las 14,15 hora canaria / Outflow on the lava flow at the main cone at 14,15 canarian time pic.twitter.com/X1S6Pupi8M

— INVOLCAN (@involcan) October 14, 2021

Officials say there is no end in sight to the eruptions, which have devastated nearly 700 hectares of land, local government figures show, while also destroying or partially damaging around 1,500 buildings.

Despite the devastation, no human injuries or deaths have been reported and much of the island has been unaffected, the Associated Press reported.

In the days preceding the eruption in September, scientists recorded numerous earthquakes, and the seismic activity has continued almost constantly since then.

On Friday, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck the island, the Spanish National Geographic Institute said, just a day after a tremor of the same strength was recorded.

Earlier this week, the Cabildo de La Palma released video footage showing dogs trapped by lava on La Palma that are being kept alive with the help of drones.

The local government said two companies had been feeding the animals for the past five days using drones to deliver them food and water.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts
The erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano on October 10, 2021, in La Palma, Spain. Marcos del Mazo/Getty Images