Thursday, October 21, 2021

Stay-home order lifted for residents near La Palma volcano eruption

Officials advised people to limit time outside in parts of La Palma on Saturday as a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island produced thick clouds of red-hot lava and black smoke.

Emergency services lifted the stay-home order, however, which was in effect in the areas of Los Llanos de Ariadne, El Paso and Tazacourt – places near the volcano that were affected by poor air quality.

“In response to improvements in air quality measurements in the area, the lockdown will be lifted in Tazacort, El Paso and Los Llanos de Ariadne,” the services said in a statement.

He advised people to avoid spending “prolonged time” outside, and said vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly, should stay indoors.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began its fiery eruption on 19 September and destroyed more than 800 buildings. About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes 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.

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On Friday, lava flowed from a new vent at the volcano, which the Canary Volcanology Institute described as “the focus of the eruption.”

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 lead a normal life,” he said.

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