La Palma Residents Allowed to Return Home

Head of Canary Island Volcanic Emergency Plan, Miguel Angel Morcuende, on Sunday (26/9) said residents on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, are now allowed to return to their homes.

Morcuende told reporters in La Palma that a number of educational centers would remain closed this Monday (27/9) to “avoid trouble” because the volcanic explosion in La Palma “could break glass” in the surrounding area, so he called on residents who his house was within a five kilometer radius of the mountain not to be near the window.

Emergency workers have cleared the volcanic ash from the airport runway, but no planes have arrived or taken off because of the thick volcanic fog.

The crater of the mountain was still spewing scorching hot rocks and black mist, the sound of which could be heard miles away.

The mountain in La Palma is part of a volcano in the Canary Islands in northwest Africa that erupted on September 19. The island is inhabited by 85,000 people, and the evacuation of more than 6,000 people helped reduce the toll. (em/pp)

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