La Palma volcano continues to erupt amid fears of toxic gas if lava reaches sea.

A vast river of molten lava from a Canary Islands volcano continued to destroy everything in its path as it edged towards the sea, where its arrival was expected to generate clouds of toxic gases.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which began erupting last Sunday, is entering a new explosive phase as a new emission vent opened to the west of the main one.

TOURISTS are paying hundreds of pounds for flights to La Palma to see the volcano eruption - despite locals being evacuated.

Thousands of tourists have been forced to flee the island by boat after the eruption destroyed houses and temporarily grounded flights.

However, as the airport has reopened, some tourists are travelling back to see the volcano.

Andrés Amegeiras, from Uruguay, said he paid €500 for flights - which usually cost €60 - to watch the eruption.

He said: "Since it exploded I’ve been thinking about whether or not to come. In the end I decided on Wednesday.”

And 24-year-old Mario Mesa, from Tenerife, said he paid €60 for a boat ticket to see it, but ended up staying in a hostel after his friends were evacuated from the island.

He explained: "I decided to do it on the spur of the moment. I work in a garden center, but I took a course on volcanology and geology so I didn’t hesitate.”

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