La Palma volcano eruption today: evacuation, possible tsunami and live updates
Stay at Home Ordinance for Local Residents
Authorities have asked several thousand residents of La Palma to staying at home due to deteriorating air quality as the erupting volcano on the Spanish island spat glowing lava and thick clouds of black smoke, Reuters reported.
Emergency services have issued a lockdown order for residents of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, two of the worst affected towns.
“The new confinement is a consequence of the weather conditions … which prevent the dispersion of gases and keep them at low levels in the atmosphereEmergency services said in a statement. They said the lockdown would affect around 3,500 people.
Those affected were ordered to keep their doors and windows closed and to turn off the heating and air conditioning to prevent outside air from entering.
Closures had already been ordered in the regions of San Borondon, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa.
Lava flowed from a new vent in the volcano on Friday, which the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology described as a new “eruption center”.
The volcano was experiencing “intense activity,” Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca intervention committee, told a press conference on Friday. But he also placed the eruption in the context of the island at large.
“Less than 8% of the island is affected by the volcano. The rest lead normal lives, ”he said.