Furthermore there is no relaxation in La Palma. The volcano Cumbre Vieja has been up to mischief on the Spanish Canary Island for a few weeks. The authorities have now taken drastic measures and imposed curfews on 3,000 people. The curfew affected residents of towns and coastal villages near the point where the lava from the Cumbre Vieja last hit the sea. Images released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) showed a huge cloud of white gas that was formed when the lava flowed into the Atlantic.
The authorities first recommended that residents of the city of Santa Cruz wear FFP2 masks to protect against toxic gases such as dioxides and sulfur. The volcano erupted for the first time on September 19 – for the first time in 50 years. Huge amounts of lava flowed towards the sea and destroyed over 1000 hectares of land and around 2600 buildings.
The ongoing volcanic eruption again disrupted air traffic on the Canary Island on Monday. The airline Binter canceled all flights to and from The Palma. On Sunday, tourists on the island had to switch to ferries to the neighboring island of Tenerife due to disruptions in air traffic.