La Palma volcano: Residents told to lock down as lava pours into sea

Lava gushing from the volcano for 10 days poured down a cliff into the ocean within the Playa Nueva space close to the city of Tazacorte, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute confirmed through Twitter.

As day broke, crimson sizzling lava protruded above the Atlantic Ocean waterline, sending clouds of steam and poisonous gases into the sky. Smoke clouds billowed from the volcano and the molten rock because it flowed down Cumbre Vieja’s western flank.

“All the people in a 2-km radius have been evacuated” and a wider space is in lockdown, Tazacorte Mayor Juan Miguel Rodriguez Acosta instructed TV3 channel, including that no additional evacuations had been wanted as far as the cloud was shifting east.

Lava from a volcano reaches the sea on La Palma in the early hours of September 29.
Tourists leave La Palma on September 25 after the volcanic eruption that began a week earlier in the area of Cumbre Vieja.

He stated all roads to the southern a part of the islands had been lower off by the lava.

Spanish emergency officers instructed residents on the island to remain put. “The lava’s contact with the sea can generate gases harmful for (your) health. If you are in the confined zone of Tazacorte, the safest place is inside your home,” Canary Islands emergency companies stated through Twitter early Wednesday.

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Authorities had beforehand established an exclusion zone at sea and on land, to guard individuals from the poisonous gases and from explosions that may happen as soon as the lava got here involved with sea water. No accidents have been reported.

The emergency companies additionally instructed individuals to guard their mouths and noses with a moist material.

Lava is seen through the window of a kitchen from El Paso on September 28, 2021.

For the reason that eruption started on September 19, lava has engulfed virtually 600 homes in addition to banana plantations in La Palma, which neighbors Tenerife within the Canary Islands off the North African coast.

1000’s of individuals have been evacuated and three coastal villages had been locked down on Monday in anticipation of the lava reaching the ocean.

Spain labeled La Palma as a catastrophe zone on Tuesday, a transfer that can set off monetary help for the island.