Fearing toxic fumes, 3,000 people were held hostage – Barlamane


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Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands on Monday announced the captivity of nearly 3,000 people over fears of potentially toxic fumes linked to the influx of a new lava flow into the sea, sparked by Cumbre Vieja. Was. Volcano.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (PEVOLCA) orders “control orders” of residents of towns and coastal settlements where lava pours into the sea in a massive plume of white smoke, the archipelago’s emergency services said on Twitter.

It is because of imprisonment” Potential emissions of gases harmful to health », adds the press release. This decision is a matter of concern. about 3000 people », explained Pevolca’s technical director Miguel ngel Morcuende during a press conference.

This is the third time a lava flow has reached the sea since the start of the Cambre Vieja eruption on 19 September.

Operations at the airport of the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, were suspended on Monday after a volcano erupted in ash if lava only ravaged the west side of the island. , is located on the east coast. , said airport manager Anna.

Regional company Binter on Monday announced the cancellation of all its flights to and from La Palma. On Sunday, disruption at the airport had forced many tourists to fall back on ferries in Tenerife, another island in the archipelago.

Residents called upon to wear FFP2 masks

In addition, for the first time since the start of the eruption, island officials have asked residents of Santa Cruz de la Palma to wear FFP2 masks to protect themselves from sulfur dioxide fumes.

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Experts do not see the end of the eruption at this time, which destroyed about 1,500 buildings, including about 1,100 homes, according to the Land Register. According to the latest data from Copernicus, the European geospatial measurement system, the lava covered 1,065 hectares.

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