A coastal town trapped in La Palma as lava crashes into the sea

Madrid — Spain’s La Palma island authorities say a new stream of lava hits the sea, sending thick clouds of potentially toxic gas high in the sky and then staying indoors for residents of three coastal towns on Monday. I ordered

The third tongue of lava from Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been erupting for two months, reached water around noon (Greenwich Mean Time 12:00), a few kilometers north of where the two previous streams hit the sea. ..

Images of the drone from the local council showed white clouds swirling from the water as red hot melted rocks slid down a cliff into the Atlantic Ocean.

Some residents of Tasa Corte, Sambo London and El Cardon were told to stay inside with the doors and windows closed as strong winds blew the clouds back inland.

Emergency response force soldiers were deployed to measure the air quality in the area.

Miguel Angel Morquende, technical director of the Pebolka Eruption Response Committee, said the airport was also closed and is likely to be closed for up to 48 hours due to bad weather.

Residents of the capital, Santa Cruz, were advised to wear masks for the first time due to the high levels of particulate matter and sulfur dioxide in the air since the eruption began, he said.

Since September 19, lava flows have damaged or destroyed approximately 2,650 buildings and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes on islands that are part of the Canary Islands, according to the Copernicus disaster monitoring program.

Nathan Allen