Spain’s La Palma elevator lockdown imposed after volcanoes degraded air quality

FILE PHOTO: Aerial view of lava from Cumbre Vieja volcano near La Laguna neighborhood
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano near the La Laguna neighborhood, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, November 29, 2021. The image was taken with a drone. . REUTERS / Borja Suarez

December 13, 2021

By Marco Trujillo

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Authorities in Spain’s La Palma lifted a stay-at-home order on Monday just hours after asking people to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by poor air quality. Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts.

The eruption, which produced spectacular rivers of molten lava that ran down the slopes of Cumbre Vieja for nearly three months, was the longest eruption on the Spanish Canary island since it was recorded in 1500.

About 24,500 residents in Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte – a third of La Palma’s residents – were asked to stay indoors because sulfur dioxide emissions had reached “extremely adverse” levels, authorities said. know.

In the affected cities, residents are asked to stay indoors, while students are asked to stay at school and parents are not allowed to pick up children until air quality improves.

However, a few hours later, emergency services lifted the order thanks to an improvement in air quality data and said students would leave school at regular times.

“We were all a bit scared, explaining that nothing like that had happened with previous eruptions on the island,” said Carlos Ramos, 64, of Los Llanos de Aridane.

“We’ll see how it all ends because I don’t trust it (the volcano) and I’m not entirely sure how it will end.”

According to the EU’s Copernicus satellite monitoring system, lava flows damaged or destroyed at least 2,910 buildings, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes on the island, part of the subtropical Canaries zone.

(Reporting by Marco Trujillo and Borja Suárez; writing by Emma Pinedo; editing by Nathan Allen, Mark Heinrich and Raissa Kasolowsky) Spain’s La Palma elevator lockdown imposed after volcanoes degraded air quality


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