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Lava from the La Palma volcano falls into the sea; Toxic gas alert

Madrid (CNN) – Authorities in Spain’s Canary Islands told residents of the west coast of La Palma on Wednesday to seal doors and windows with duct tape and wet towels to protect themselves from the toxic gases that emanate from lava from the Cumbry Vieja volcano as it reaches the sea.

The Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands confirmed via Twitter, that lava that flowed from the volcano for 10 days fell from a cliff into the sea in the Playa Nueva region, near the town of Tazacorte.

As dawn broke, hot red lava rose above the Atlantic waterline, sending clouds of steam and poisonous gases into the sky. Clouds of smoke rose from the volcano and molten rock as it flowed down the western side of Cumbre Vieja.

“All people have been evacuated within a two-kilometre radius” and a wider area has been banned, Juan Miguel Rodriguez Acosta, mayor of Tazacorte, told TV3, adding that no further evacuations were needed for the time being. The cloud was moving towards the east.

Turistan left La Palma on September 25 after the eruption of the volcano.

He said the lava had cut off all roads to the southern part of the islands.

Spanish emergency officials have asked islanders to stay at home. “Lava contact with the sea can generate gases harmful to health. If you are in the confined area of ‚Äč‚ÄčTazacorte, the safest place is inside your home,” the Canary Islands emergency services said via Twitter early in the day. Wednesday morning.

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The authorities had previously established an exclusion zone at sea and on land, to protect people from toxic gases and explosions that may occur once lava comes into contact with sea water. Injuries have been reported.

Emergency services have also asked people to protect their mouth and nose with a damp cloth.

Since the eruption of the volcano on September 19, lava has engulfed nearly 600 homes and banana plantations in La Palma, Tenerife’s neighbor in the Canary Islands off the North African coast.

Thousands of people were evacuated and three coastal villages were closed on Monday in anticipation of lava reaching the sea.

Spain designated La Palma on Tuesday as a disaster area, in a move that will provide financial support to the island.

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