La Palma Eruptions Reach cement Factory, More Evacuations Ordered

The Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) released a directive to relocate 700 to 800 residents in Los Llanos de Aridane after the Cumbre Vieja volcano swamped a cement plant with spewing lava in La Palma on Monday, October 11.

Pevolva spokesman Miguel Angel Morcuende said in a press conference that a preventive evacuation was necessary to avoid any casualties or extreme losses with time to spare.

Pevolca said that from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 12, residents should have evacuated from their homes with important possessions and their pets, and head to the Campo de Lucha Camino León de los Llanos of Aridane meeting point. Those who did not have time to bring their valuables will be allowed to return home once security authorities declare the areas safe. 

The Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said that overflowing lava ruined 1,186 buildings three weeks since the eruption. Meanwhile, Pelvoca official Maria Jose Blanco said that they are observing lava that is already 300 meters from the El Perdido beach. 

Almost 6,000 people have fled their homes in La Palma since Cumbre Vieja erupted on September 19.

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