As much as 3 000 residents of the Spanish island of La Palma on Monday have been ordered to remain indoors after lava from a volcano destroyed a cement works, elevating contemporary fears of poisonous gases.
La Cumbre Vieja volcano started erupting on 19 September, forcing 6 000 folks from their properties because the lava scorched its approach throughout 600 hectares of land.
Miguel Angel Morcuende, head of the cell dealing with the disaster, advised journalists Monday that a part of the cement manufacturing facility had gone up in flames.
“Consequently, and till we will analyse if the air high quality permits for regular life, we’ve determined to lock down,” he added.
The order issues between 2 500 and three 000 folks dwelling close to the cement works on the west of the island within the Canaries archipelago, he mentioned.
On Saturday, a part of the volcano’s cone collapsed, sending new rivers of lava pouring down the slopes in the direction of an industrial zone.
Flights to the island resumed on Saturday after two days on maintain due to the ash blasted from the volcano.
Regardless of the injury from the eruption – greater than 1 200 buildings have been destroyed, say native officers – no has to date been killed or injured within the catastrophe.
That is the third volcanic eruption on La Palma Island, house to 85 000 folks, in a century, though the final one dates again to 1971.
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