Tourists evacuated to Spain's Tenerife following volcano eruption

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LA PALMA (Reuters) - A group of 360 tourists who were evacuated from a beach resort in Spain's Canary island on Sunday after a volcano erupted in La Palma have been transferred to the nearby island of Tenerife by ferry on Monday morning, a spokesperson of ferry operator Fred Olsen said.

Another 180 tourists, also part of that group of over 500 tourists evacuated as a precaution from the resort in Puerto Naos, could be evacuated to the archipelago's biggest island later in the day, the spokesperson added.

The volcano erupted on Sunday afternoon, shooting lava up hundreds meters into the air. In total, around 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

(Reporting by Borja Suarez and Emma Pinedo; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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