Index - Abroad - Lava hits ocean on Monday, La Palma government announces closure

The government of the Canary Islands has made an important decision, announcing the closure of La Palma. The measure affects three thousand people.

The cause of concern is that lava flows reached the ocean on Monday, which could produce toxic gases. The decision is maintained for at least 24 hours.

This is the fourth time the lava has reached the Atlantic since the volcano erupted more than two months ago.

Although sulfur dioxide emissions have reached a minimum of between 900 and 1,300 tonnes per day since the first eruption, westerly and south-westerly winds have caused air quality problems in the eastern towns, mainly in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Brena Alta and Brena in Baja.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has destroyed more than 2,000 properties since its eruption in September, and 7,000 people have had to be evacuated.

According to the Spanish government, the scale of the devastation has been immeasurable, providing € 225 million in aid so far.


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