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Canary Islands and Peru’s Rioja volcano: in pictures

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Spanish authorities said on Friday that a volcano on the Canary Islands has erupted, triggering some explosive activity but no danger of any major eruption.

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There were no reports of damage or casualties, but the Uido de San Fermin department said via Twitter that some activity had been detected around the tail end of the volcano La Colón, about 60 miles east of the mainland town of La Palma.

La Palma, the largest of the Canary Islands, has a population of about 170,000 and is located at a height of around 8,500 feet (2,965 metres).

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La Colón is one of more than 50 active volcanoes on the Spanish mainland and in nearby Africa, including Mount Don Foy, which had a series of earthquakes and tremors following the eruptions of several other volcanoes in Ecuador this week.

The Puerto Los Martos National Park, which includes La Colón, is located near the border with Morocco, but there is little public transport to the area and it is accessible only by boat.

Rioja volcano, Peru

About a mile and a half from Rioja volcano, near the village of San Juan Benito, the volcano is active on the western fringe of the Peruvian Andes.

However, volcanologists say they rarely have reason to conduct surveillance operations near the volcano, because its activity is too erratic.

Paula Sockett, director of Peru’s National Institute of Geology and Volcanology, said it was not clear whether more magma had entered the volcano or the seismic activity was not associated with an eruption.

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In Botswana, a few kilometres from the mouth of the Okavango Delta, the Bardaning volcano continued to erupt on Thursday, spewing ash into the sky, sending people into the streets as they rushed to collect firewood, and the threat of floods and mudslides closed schools, farms and cities.

At least three people were injured as a result of the explosions on Thursday.

The K-2 volcano, in Chile’s Atacama desert, has also been producing fires and lava blasts, but the danger of eruption of the Bajo de Paredes volcano in Chile’s west has subsided.

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