As the day broke, red hot lava spread over the waterline of the Atlantic Ocean, sending clouds of steam and toxic gases into the sky. Clouds of smoke erupted from the volcano and molten rock as it flowed down the western edge of Cumbre Vieja.
“Everyone within a 2 km radius has been evacuated” and a wider area is under lockdown, Tzacourt Mayor Juan Miguel Rodríguez Acosta told TV3 channel, adding that no further evacuations were needed so far. Because the cloud was moving towards the east.
He said all roads on the southern side of the islands were cut off by lava.
Spanish emergency officials told the island’s residents to stop. The Canary Islands emergency services said via Twitter early Wednesday, “The contact of lava with the ocean can generate gases harmful to (your) health. If you are in a confined area of Tzacourt, the safest place is your home.” is inside.”
Authorities had previously set up an exclusion zone at sea and on land to protect people from toxic gases and explosions that would occur after lava came into contact with sea water. No injuries have been reported.
Emergency services also asked people to cover their mouth and nose with a wet cloth.
Since the eruption began on September 19, lava has engulfed nearly 600 homes as well as banana plantations in La Palma, which is neighboring Tenerife in the Canary Islands, off the North African coast.
Thousands of people were evacuated on Monday and three coastal villages were cordoned off for fear of lava reaching the sea.
Spain classified La Palma as a disaster zone on Tuesday, a move that would speed up financial aid for the island.
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