La Palma: Shocking footage shows lava destroying homes in La Palma as Brits flee volcano

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A London tarot reader was among the horrified residents forced to flee their homes after a volcano erupted on the Canary Island of La Palma.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano shot lava into the air in loud bursts on Thursday morning, while toxic ash blanketed the surrounding area.

For the fifth day in a row, lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano engulfing houses, schools and banana plantations.

British tarot reader Rubina Fazel, 36, left her home in London a year ago and rented home a home in the beach resort of Puerto Naos.

On Sunday, she was given ten minutes notice to gather her things and flee the area.

Despite her profession, Ms Fazel said she didn’t see the eruption coming.

“You can’t anticipate things like this happening,” she told The Times.

 “I am just fortunate to be able to get my stuff back from the flat I’m renting. Lots of other people are in a far worse position with their livelihoods at stake.”

Watch: Lava oozes down La Palma streets after volcano erupts

Ms Fazel was evacuated with 6,800 other people after the volcano started erupting on the ridge above the coastal town.

Streams of black lava have advanced slowly westward since Sunday, incinerating everything in their path, including houses, schools and the banana plantations that produce the island’s biggest export.

The lava has destroyed nearly 200 houses and forced thousands of people to flee.

Property portal Idealista estimated the volcano had so far destroyed property worth around 87 million euros (£74 million).

Spanish banking associations offered to provide vacant properties held by banks to people who have lost their homes.

Local authorities have warned people to clean vegetables and clothes to avoid ingesting the toxic ash.

A cloud of sulphur dioxide is expected to move east in the coming hours over the rest of the Canary archipelago, the Iberian peninsula and the Mediterranean.

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