Spanish volcano still packs a punch five days after eruption in La Palma

A volcano in Spain's Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock.

Spanish volcano still packs a punch five days after eruption in La Palma

A volcano in Spain's Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock.

The archipelago's emergency services ordered the evacuation of scores of people from three villages on the island of La Palma and ordered residents to stay indoors in another.

Already this week, almost 7,000 people have had to leave their homes. The prompt evacuations are credited with helping avoid casualties.

Loud bangs from the volcano's mouth sent shock waves echoing across the hillsides. Explosions hurled molten rock and ash over a wide expanse. As a precaution, emergency services pulled back from the area.

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Regional airline Binter temporarily halted flights due to a huge ash cloud that rose 6 kilometres into the sky.

More encouragingly, Spain's National Geographic Institute said it hadn't recorded any earthquakes in the area for 24 hours, after registering 1,130 over the past week amid intense seismic activity before and after the eruption on the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge.

Also, the advance of the main river of lava slithering toward the sea slowed to 1 metre per hour.

Both of the main lava flows are at least 10 metres high at their leading edges and have been destroying houses, farmland and infrastructure in their path since Sunday.

The lava has destroyed almost 400 buildings on La Palma, including many homes, on the western side of the island of 85,000 people, a European Union monitoring program said.

It said the lava stretches over 180 hectares and has blocked 14 kilometres of roads. Islanders make a living mostly from farming and tourism, and some may lose their livelihoods.

On a visit to La Palma, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a package of measures to help get the island back on its feet and "rebuild lives."

The Spanish government will provide aid for rebuilding homes and public infrastructure, such as roads, irrigation networks and schools, as well as relaunching the island's tourism industry, Sánchez said.

He did not say how much money would be made available, but said a Cabinet meeting next week would provide more details.

Scientists say the lava flows could last for weeks or months.

Island of La Palma in the Canaries, SpainIsland of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain
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Man returns from shop to find swam of bees have taken over his car

A swarm of bees descended on a busy main street in south west Sydney.

Man returns from shop to find swam of bees have taken over his car

A man has returned from shopping in Sydney's south west to find a bizarre intruder in his car — a swarm of bees that had swiftly taken over.

Rizwan Khan was picking up groceries at Haldon Street in Lakemba, and when he returned 10 . minutes later he was surprised to see people crowding around his Jeep, holding their phones and taking videos of the inside.

When he got closer he saw the incredible sight that had captured their attention.

"Maybe they liked my Jeep, you know?" Mr Khan said.

"I returned to the car and I had people around the car with their cameras on and bees inside the car."

The swarm had settled itself on the doorframe immediately beside the driver's side seat, rendering it almost impossible to get in and drive away.

In a stroke of luck, a local beekeeper stumbled across the swarm and its spectators.

Rizwan Khan was picking up groceries at Haldon Street in Lakemba, and when he returned he was surprised to see people crowding around his Jeep and taking videos of the inside.

"This old man came up to me (and said) 'do you want to give it to me?'" Mr Khan said.

"And I said, of course, you can take them all."

The beekeeper used his bare hands to scoop the beesinto a box and help Mr Khan get back in the car.

The beekeeper used his bare hands to scoop the bees inside of a box and help Mr Khan get back in the car.

"He was a lifesaver for me," Mr Khan said.

Mr Khan said he will be keeping the windows up on his Jeep from now on.

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