Lava from Spanish island volcano quickens pace toward sea

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Lava flowing from an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma has picked up its pace on its way to the sea. Officials say it is now within 800 meters (875 yards) of the shoreline. The island now has two rivers of lava flowing downhill. While one has slowed, the other was hotter and more fluid. That one was bearing down on a small town Tuesday. For days, officials have been nervously awaiting the time when the lava reaches the Atlantic Ocean, but the eruption has been erratic. After calming down on Monday, the volcano became more explosive again overnight. When the molten rock eventually meets the sea, it could trigger explosions and toxic gases.