New settlements have been banned on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands due to the deterioration of air quality due to a volcanic eruption and the release of gases dangerous to human health.
— Quoted from Local Disaster Management Communications by MTI.
The measure affects about 3,500 people in La Palma in Los Llanos de Aridan and El Paso.
The new curfew is a result of the weather
The island’s disaster management authority said. This is because meteorological conditions cause gases to accumulate in the lower layers of the atmosphere instead of being dispersed.
He urged people in affected areas of the island to close doors and windows and turn off air conditioners to prevent outside air from entering.
The Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining (IGME) reported Friday that another crater has opened at Cumbre Vieja volcano, from which lava has erupted and is heading towards the sea.
Volcanologist Miguel Angel Morquinde spoke of the volcano’s “intense activity” in connection with all this. So far, nearly 6,000 people have been evacuated from the endangered areas around the volcano that erupted on September 19, with more than eight hundred buildings destroyed. At the same time, Morquindi added, only a fraction of the island’s 83,000 inhabitants, less than eight percent, are directly affected by the volcanic eruption.
Exit bans, like the current one, were previously imposed in San Borondo, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa due to high levels of sulfur dioxide in the air.
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