LA PALMA, Spain – Authorities told several thousand residents of La Palma to stay home because of deteriorating air quality as a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island erupted thick clouds of red-hot lava and black smoke.
Emergency services on Friday night issued a lockdown order for people in the two worst-affected cities, Los Llanos de Ariadne and El Paso.
“The new lockdown is as a result of meteorological conditions … which prevent the dispersion of gases and keep them at low levels of the atmosphere,” emergency services said in a statement. He said around 3,500 people would be affected by the lockdown.
Affected people have been told to keep their doors and windows closed and to disconnect heating and air conditioning to prevent outside air from entering.
A lockdown had already been ordered in the areas of San Bordon, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa.
Nearly 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since the Cambre Vieja volcano erupted on 19 September.
More than 800 buildings have been destroyed on the island, which has a population of about 83,000 and is one of the archipelagos that make up the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.
On Friday, lava flowed from a new vent at the volcano, which the Canary Volcanology Institute described as a new “eruption focus.”
Miguel ngel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, said at a news conference on Friday that the volcano was experiencing “intense activity”. But he also placed the eruption in the context of the wider island.
“Less than eight percent of the island is affected by the volcano. The rest are leading normal lives,” he said.
By Miguel Pereira, Juan Medina, Marco Trujillo and Jessica Jones
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times