Some 3,000 residents of the Spanish island of La Palma were ordered to self-confine on Monday after lava from the volcano destroyed a cement plant, potentially releasing toxic gases, local officials alerted.
“There is a fire in an area of the cement factory. Therefore, and until we can analyze whether the air quality allows for normal life, we have decided to limit it,” said the emergency cell set up after the explosion. Director Miguel Angel made the announcement. Morkuende during a press conference.
“2,500 to 3,000 people” must live in areas near this cement plant, located in the Canary Islands, to the west of the island, he said.
This cement plant was crossed by a lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted on 19 September.
Reportedly, the eruption caused no deaths or injuries, but resulted in the evacuation of more than 6,000 people, some of whom lost everything under the lava flow, which covered some 600 hectares and over 1,200 people. Destroyed more buildings.
Flights to the island of La Palma resumed on Saturday after a two-day hiatus due to ash from the eruption.
La Palma Island, which has 85,000 inhabitants, is currently experiencing its third eruption in a century, after the San Juan volcano in 1949 and Teneguía in 1971.
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