A volcano erupted in the Cape Verde islands off Africa’s west coast Monday, spewing fire and smoke and sending thousands of villagers fleeing a thick blanket of lava.
The volcano on the island of Fogo began spewing flames and lava at about 1 a.m., former Prime Minister Pedro Pires told a Lisbon radio station. The 10-island nation is 240 miles west of Senegal in the Atlantic.
No casualites were immediately reported, but police evacuated some 2,000 villagers living in the volcano’s shadow to the nearby towns of Mosteiros and Sao Filipe. About 33,000 people live on Fogo’s 190 square miles.