Lockdown for 3,000 people on La Palma after lava lays cement plant in ashes

About 3,000 residents of the Spanish island of La Palma must stay at home. They got that report after the volcanos lava erupting on the island partially destroyed a cement plant. Potentially toxic gases may have been released, local authorities warn.

โ€œPart of a cement plant has burned out,โ€ said the eruption emergency cell director Miguel Angel Morcuende. โ€œAs a result, and until weve been able to analyse whether air quality allows a normal life, weve decided to impose a lockdown.โ€

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people have been affected. They live in regions near the factory, in the west of the island. A lava flow, coming from Cumbre Vieja volcano, reached the plant. The volcano has erupted since September 19th.

The eruption has not been killed or injured yet, but more than 6,000 people had to be evacuated. Some of them lost their entire have and keep through the lava flows, which has already destroyed nearly 600 hectares and more than 1,200 buildings.