December 9, 2022

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Canary Islands Volcano: Authorities urge residents to close doors and windows due to toxic gases

Officials of the Canary Islands, Spain, Residents on the west coast of La Palma were asked to cover doors and windows with duct tape and wet towels. To avoid the toxic gases emitted by the volcano from the Gumbre Viza volcano.

Heard the emergency service of the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean Anyone outside 3.5km from the area should immediately find a safe place to stay. People were advised to protect mouth and nose with a damp cloth.

The glowing volcano reached the ocean Tuesday night (28), falling from a cliff in the area of ​​Playa Nueva, near the town of Dasagorde, Nine days after the eruption began (Watch the video above).

Experts warn that volcanoes will cool faster when in contact with water from the Atlantic Ocean The release of toxic gases rich in hydrochloric acid is of concern.

Lava from the volcano reaches the sea on September 29, 2021 on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canaries – Photo: Borja Suarez / Reuters

Exit at a radius of 2 km

All the people within a radius of 2 km were evacuated and a wide area was blocked, Tazacorte Mayor Juan Miguel Rodriguez Acosta told a local television channel.

He said it No additional emissions are required as the toxic cloud moves eastward He also said that all roads leading to the southern part of the island of Palma have been affected by volcanoes.

The Spanish government announced on Tuesday Volcanic Area “Disaster Zone” Displaced people were allocated .5 10.5 million (approximately R $ 67 million) in emergency assistance.

Gumbre Viza touches the ocean in lava canaries from the volcano

Since the eruption of the volcano on the 19th, In addition to the banana plantations, more than 600 buildings and about 20 km of streets and roads have already been affected by the lava..

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and three coastal villages were closed on Monday (27), just before the lava reached the sea.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

– Photo: Art Editorial / g1

Watch all the videos of the volcano in the Canary Islands

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