Residents of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands were asked to stay indoors and seal their doors and windows with tape and wet towels on Wednesday as lava flowing from the island’s Cumbre Vieja volcano reached its western coast, raising fears of toxic gas clouds.
Molten hot lava from the volcano flowed into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday, ten days after its eruption that has wiped out hundreds of homes in the region and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
Clouds of steam and toxic gases were shot into the sky when the lava hit the ocean surface.
Expecting this exact scenario, authorities had already established a security perimeter of 3.5 kilometers around the lava flow and asked residents in the wider areas to remain indoors and seal their doors and windows shut.
No deaths or major injuries have been reported from the eruption, but the lava flow has destroyed at least 589 buildings in La Palma.