On this handout {photograph} taken and launched by the Spanish Army Emergency Unit (UME) on November 22, 2021 a brand new lava stream arrives into the ocean, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary island of La Palma. — AFP

Round 3,000 individuals have been ordered to stay indoors on the Spanish island of La Palma on Monday as lava from an erupting volcano reached the ocean, risking the discharge of poisonous fuel.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) “ordered the confinement” of residents of coastal cities and villages close to the place the lava cascaded into the ocean, sending massive plumes of white smoke into the air, native emergency companies mentioned on Twitter.

The order was given as a result of “the doable launch of gases which can be dangerous to well being,” it added.

The order impacts “round 3,000” individuals on the island, Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of Pevolca, advised a information convention.

That is the third time {that a} lava stream has reached the Atlantic Ocean because the Cumbre Vieja volcano within the south of the island erupted on September 19, protecting massive areas with ash.

All flights to and from La Palma’s airport have been cancelled on Monday due to the ash, the third straight day that air journey has been disrupted.

And for the primary time because the eruption began, native authorities suggested residents of La Palma’s capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma within the east, to make use of high-filtration FFP2 face masks to guard themselves from emissions of dioxide and sulphur.

Many of the island, which is house to round 85,000 individuals, is up to now unaffected by the eruption.

However elements of the western aspect the place lava flows have slowly made their option to the ocean face an unsure future.

The molten rock has coated 1,065 hectares (2,630 acres) and destroyed almost 1,500 buildings, in keeping with Copernicus, the European Union’s satellite tv for pc monitoring service.

Lava has destroyed colleges, church buildings, well being centres and irrigation infrastructure for the island’s banana plantations — a key supply of jobs — in addition to lots of of houses.

Provisional injury was estimated on Friday at almost 900 million euros ($1 billion), in keeping with the regional authorities.

The island of La Palma, a part of the Canary Islands archipelago off northwestern Africa, is experiencing its third eruption in a century, with earlier ones in 1949 and 1971.

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