La Palma volcano spews smoke and lava as eruptions intensify.

Smoke and lava poured from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma on Saturday morning (September 25).

Firefighters had pulled out of clean-up work in the town of Todoque on Friday as a new vent opened up in the flank of the volcano.

"The volcano is in a newly explosive phase ... Firefighters will not operate anymore today," tweeted the Tenerife fire service, which has been deployed to help on La Palma.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the towns of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and the part of Tacande de Arriba that had not already been evacuated on Friday afternoon, with residents told to assemble at the local soccer ground.

Canary Islands emergency services had initially told residents to stay indoors to avoid the dense cloud of ash and lava fragments but later decided to evacuate due to the heightened risk from explosions.

Since erupting on Sunday, the Cumbre Vieja volcano has spewed out thousands of tons of lava, destroyed hundreds of houses and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

No serious injuries or fatalities have been reported but about 15% of the island's economically crucial banana crop could be at risk, jeopardising thousands of jobs.

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