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La Palma volcano: coastal landslide captured on video

A collapse in the cliff area of the Tazacorte coast in La Palma has been circulated, with the belief that this could be due to the usual tremors in area.

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The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which began erupting last Sunday, entered a new explosive phase on Friday, experts said. The national Geographical and Mining Institute said on Saturday its drones had shown the volcano's cone had broken. The eruption has destroyed hundreds of houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people since it began on 19 September.

"La Palma airport is back in operation. After progress in ash cleaning work, it can now be reopened," Aena tweeted. Travellers had been faced with cancelled flights on Saturday, and many had joined long queues at the port in the hope of getting a boat off the island.

On Sunday, ferry operator Fred Olsen Express said it would add an extra round trip between La Palma and Tenerife from Monday until Wednesday.

"Fred Olsen Express will increase connections... to continue meeting the demand for transport generated by the emergency situation caused by the volcanic eruption," it said in a statement.

Some people evacuated from towns close to the volcano were allowed to return to their homes to collect their belongings, authorities said on Saturday night.

La Palma, with a population of over 83,000, is one of an archipelago making up the Canary Islands.

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in the volcano's eruption, but about 15% of the island's economically crucial banana crop could be at risk, jeopardising thousands of jobs.