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La Palma volcano: Lava flows down mountain as eruption continues | FULL

CA, 13 Oct 2021
The Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island continued to erupt after a stream of red-hot lava engulfed a cement plant on Tuesday, raising clouds of smoke and prompting authorities to order people in the area stay at home.

More than three thousand residents of La Palma were allowed to leave their homes on Tuesday when authorities ended a lockdown ordered after a thick cloud of smoke erupted from a volcano that has devastated the Spanish Canary island.

Emergency services told residents in the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane to stay indoors, shut their windows and turn off air conditioning units to avoid inhaling toxic fumes from the burning cement plant as it was gradually swallowed by the lava.

La Palma airport remained open but 11 flights were cancelled on Tuesday and others were delayed, airport operator AENA said.

There were 64 seismic movements on Tuesday, the strongest measuring 4.1, according to the Spanish National Geological Institute.

The eruption which began on Sept. 19 has laid waste to a total area of nearly 600 hectares, according to authorities.

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