Canary volcanic eruptions reach the sea, raising fears of toxic gases

MADRID – Volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands have reached the ocean, volcanic researchers say.

The Spanish islands have declared a two-mile isolation zone around the volcano that is expected to enter the Atlantic and require residents to stay indoors.

“The lava flow has reached the Playa Nueva Sea,” the Canary Islands Volcano Institute (Involkan) tweeted Tuesday night.

On September 19, the La Cumbre Vijaya volcano, which crosses the southern slopes of the island of La Palma, with a population of 85,000, flows slowly into the sea.

Residents in several areas of Tazakorte, near the coast, were told to stay home on Monday to avoid being harmed by the release of toxic gases between the lava and the water.

On Tuesday afternoon, a slow-moving volcanic eruption over the past few days, even at one point, was still about 800 meters (half a mile) off the coast, which is unpredictable. Reaching the ocean.

Residents have been warned to stay home because Canary Islands Technical Director Miguel Angel Morcune said: Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolka).

Experts say that Lava’s entry into the oceans sends toxic gases into the air, causing explosions and splitting of the molten rock.

“Breathing or contact with acid gases and liquids can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, and can cause respiratory problems, especially those with previous respiratory illnesses,” he warned.

The volcano has so far burned more than 258 hectares (640 hectares) and destroyed 589 properties.

The government earlier on Tuesday released 5 10.5 million ($ 12.3 million) in aid to victims of the blast, particularly to buy homes for those affected by the volcano.

The blast forced more than 6,000 people to flee their homes but has not killed anyone.

La Palm Island is a major source of banana plantations and tourism.

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