The Cabildo de La Palma has recommended this Wednesday to residents confined in Tazacorte, a municipality in which the lava from the new volcano has reached the sea, that they do not leave their homes and that they stay outside the exclusion zone, and added that access to evacuated areas will not be allowed.
The lava flow from the La Palma volcano forms a lava delta that gains ground from the sea
In its social networks, the island palm corporation has also indicated that the irrigation operation for farmers with farms in Puerto Naos, El Remo and Las Hoyas is paralyzed.
In addition, the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) has recalled that volcanic ash can have effects on health, both respiratory and ocular and skin irritation, among others.
When the lava touched the sea this Tuesday, at around 11:00 p.m. (Canary time), there was a brutal thermal shock between the magma river, at about 1,000 degrees Celsius, and the ocean, at about 20. Because of this, the water it is evaporating, forming a toxic cloud that contains substances that are harmful to people, such as sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid or hydrofluoric acid. The professor in toxicology at the University of La Laguna Arturo Hardisson warned this Wednesday that the gases that are being emitted “do not have a striking odor, so they do not warn and can burn the lungs.” The expert called on the population to stay one or two kilometers away from the coast of Tazacorte and asked that, in the case of needing to approach the area, the surgical mask should be impregnated with bicarbonate, in addition to wearing protective glasses, a hat, closed shoes and long shirt and pants.
Among the effects of the toxic cloud, Hardisson warned that inhaling these gases can cause serious irritation, especially in the eyes. He explained that these acids in the air can “burn the lungs and cause death.” In addition, if it comes into contact with the skin, he said, “gases can cause cardiopulmonary arrest.”
The condition occurs within the two-kilometer exclusion zone and the four closest population centers are confined -San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa-.