A lockdown imposed on the three coastal towns of the Spanish island of La Palma ended on Wednesday, as authorities announced that the toxic fumes had partially dissipated amid the ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
Several days ago, authorities ordered a lockdown of coastal towns, telling residents to stay indoors as lava reaching the ocean sent clouds of thick smoke into the air, threatening health. citizens.
Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan, said the decision to end the restriction came after the cloud cleared. However, he warned that people in coastal areas should always wear masks to “stay protected” and “Avoid any problem”.
Despite the lifting of the stay-at-home order, La Palma airport will remain closed as workers attempt to remove tons of black volcanic ash that has covered parts of the runway.
Carmen Lopez, of the National Geographic Institute’s geophysical monitoring program, warned that unless the eruption begins to abate, “It is most likely to continue to affect” the area’s ability to function effectively.
La Palma is currently experiencing its longest eruption in 375 years, with lava flowing from the volcano in the past 67 days, fearing it shows no signs of slowing down.
Since the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on September 19, it has covered more than 1,000 hectares of land on the island, damaging or destroying around 2,700 properties and forcing thousands to flee the territory.
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