3,000 shut indoors on Spanish island as lava reaches sea

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In this handout photograph taken and released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) on November 22, 2021 a new lava flow arrives into the sea, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary island of La Palma. — AFP
On this handout {photograph} taken and launched by the Spanish Navy Emergency Unit (UME) on November 22, 2021 a brand new lava circulation arrives into the ocean, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary island of La Palma. — AFP

Round 3,000 individuals have been ordered to stay indoors on the Spanish island of La Palma on Monday as lava from an erupting volcano reached the ocean, risking the discharge of poisonous fuel.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) “ordered the confinement” of residents of coastal cities and villages close to the place the lava cascaded into the ocean, sending giant plumes of white smoke into the air, native emergency companies mentioned on Twitter.

The order was given because of “the doable launch of gases which might be dangerous to well being,” it added.

The order impacts “round 3,000” individuals on the island, Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of Pevolca, instructed a information convention.

That is the third time {that a} lava circulation has reached the Atlantic Ocean because the Cumbre Vieja volcano within the south of the island erupted on September 19, protecting giant areas with ash.

All flights to and from La Palma’s airport have been cancelled on Monday due to the ash, the third straight day that air journey has been disrupted.

And for the primary time because the eruption began, native authorities suggested residents of La Palma’s capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma within the east, to make use of high-filtration FFP2 face masks to guard themselves from emissions of dioxide and sulphur.

Many of the island, which is house to round 85,000 individuals, is up to now unaffected by the eruption.

However elements of the western facet the place lava flows have slowly made their strategy to the ocean face an unsure future.

The molten rock has coated 1,065 hectares (2,630 acres) and destroyed practically 1,500 buildings, in line with Copernicus, the European Union’s satellite tv for pc monitoring service.

Lava has destroyed faculties, church buildings, well being centres and irrigation infrastructure for the island’s banana plantations — a key supply of jobs — in addition to tons of of houses.

Provisional harm was estimated on Friday at practically 900 million euros ($1 billion), in line with the regional authorities.

The island of La Palma, a part of the Canary Islands archipelago off northwestern Africa, is experiencing its third eruption in a century, with earlier ones in 1949 and 1971.