Rivers of lava flow from La Palma volcano

Local emergency services on Monday (October 11) instructed residents in the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane to remain indoors, and to shut their windows, shades and air conditioning devices to avoid inhaling toxic fumes from a burning cement plant as it was being gradually swallowed by the lava.

The eruption began on September 19 and has reached an areas of almost 600 hectares. Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said.

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants.

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