The lava that gushed out of the volcano for 10 days fell off a cliff into the sea in the area of Playa Nueva, near the city of Tazacorte, confirmed the Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands through Twitter.
As dawn broke, red-hot lava rose above the Atlantic Ocean’s waterline, sending clouds of steam and toxic gases into the sky. Clouds of smoke rose from the volcano and molten rock as it flowed down the western flank of Cumbre Vieja.
“All the people in a radius of 2 km have been evacuated” and a wider area is blocked, the mayor of Tazacorte, Juan Miguel Rodríguez Acosta, told the TV3 channel, adding that no further evacuations had been needed as far as the cloud it was moving east.
He said that all the roads to the southern part of the islands had been cut by lava.
Spanish emergency officials told the island’s residents to stay put. “The contact of the lava with the sea can generate gases that are harmful to (your) health. If you are in the confined area of Tazacorte, the safest place is inside your home the emergency services of the Canary Islands,” said the emergency services of the Canary Islands through Twitter early Wednesday. .
The authorities had previously established an exclusion zone at sea and on land, to protect people from the toxic gases and explosions that would occur once the lava came into contact with seawater. No injuries have been reported.
The emergency services also told people to protect their mouth and nose with a damp cloth.
Since the eruption began on September 19, lava has engulfed nearly 600 houses and banana plantations on La Palma, which neighbors Tenerife in the Canary Islands off the North African coast.
Thousands of people have been evacuated and three coastal towns were blocked on Monday in anticipation of the lava reaching the sea.
Spain classified La Palma as a disaster area on Tuesday, a move that will generate financial support for the island.