LA PALMA, Spain – Authorities have told thousands of La Palma residents to stay home because of poor air quality as volcanic volcanoes on the Spanish island spread red-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke.
Emergency services issued a lockdown order for the people of Los Llanos de Ariden and El Paso on Friday night, the two most affected cities.
Emergency services said in a statement, “The new lockdown is the result of weather conditions … that prevent gas leaks and keep the atmosphere low.” They said the lockdown would affect about 3,500 people.
Those affected have been told to keep their doors and windows closed and to disconnect heating and air conditioning to prevent outside air from entering.
Lockdowns have already been ordered in the San Borden, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa areas.
Nearly 1,000,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since the eruption of the wet volcano in Cumbre on 1 September.
More than 800 buildings have been destroyed on the island, with a population of about 83,000 and an archipelago in the Canary Islands of the Atlantic.
On Friday, lava flowed from a new volcanic eruption, which the Canaris Volcano Institute described as a new “eruption center.”
Miguel Angel, director of the Pavolka Response Committee, told a news conference Friday in Mercuinde that the volcano was experiencing “intense activity.” But he also put the explosion in the context of the wider island.
“Less than one percent of the island is affected by volcanoes. The rest are living normal lives, ”he said.
By Miguel Pereira, Juan Medina, Marco Trujillo and Jessica Jones
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times