Authorities have decided to ask residents to get caught because of the danger of releasing large amounts of poisonous gas when lava hits the sea expelled by the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
Residents of parts of the city of La Palma, Spain, were trapped on Monday for fear of releasing toxic gases that could reach the sea of lava erupted by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted eight days ago. ..
Officials told Tasa Corte that “they have ordered the containment (district) of Sambo London, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa” and that at this level of commune “it is likely that the lava will reach the sea in the next few hours” . The release of “gases harmful to health”, said on Twitter the rescue team in the Canary Islands, the archipelago to which La Palma belongs.
Doors and windows closed
Neighbors should stay home and close doors and windows until the situation is assessed, as indicated by the authorities, ”they continued.
The lava-sea encounter, initially scheduled for early last week, was delayed by a slower flow, but by the release of toxic gases that could occur on the island, which has 85,000 inhabitants.
Authorities said Sunday night the lava was a mile from shore and was moving at a speed of about 100 mph.
Increase the strength of the volcano.
Volcanic activity has intensified recently, causing new craters to open and parts of the cone to collapse.
According to the website of the company that manages the Spanish airport (Aena), eight flights were canceled (departure and arrival) on Monday morning and were suspended, but La Palma airport was temporarily suspended on Saturday. It resumed on Sunday with the accumulation of ashes.
“Flights to and from La Palma remain suspended until 1:00 pm on Monday, September 27 and we are evaluating the situation so that we can safely resume,” said Binter, an airline based on the island, on Twitter.
No casualties, but 6,000 refugees
The eruption has not claimed casualties at this stage, but has caused enormous damage, evacuating more than 6,000 people and some have seen their homes completely submerged.
According to data from the European geospatial measurement system Copernicus, about 500 buildings were destroyed by lava covering more than 212 hectares, including many banana plantations.
Two previous eruptions on La Palma occurred in 1971 and 1949. They killed a total of three people, two of whom died from gas inhalation.