The Canary Islands government has announced the closure of nearly 3,000 people on the island of La Palma due to the continuous flow of volcanic activity.
The decision comes as concerns grow about toxic gases that may originate from the third lava delta, as lava flows reached the sea on Monday.
The procedure will be maintained for at least 24 hours.
This is the fourth time that lava has reached the Atlantic Ocean since the volcano erupted just over two months ago.
Although sulfur dioxide emissions have been minimal since the eruption began, at between 900 and 1,300 tons per day, winds from the west and southwest have caused air quality problems in municipalities to the east, especially Santa Cruz de la Palma and Breña Alta , and Brennia Baja.
Although lava has added an additional 43 hectares to the island since Cumbre Vieja began erupting in mid-September, the eruption also destroyed more than 2,000 properties and forced the evacuation of 7,000 people as a precaution.
The devastation caused by this destruction is immeasurable according to the Spanish government, which has pledged 225 million euros in aid.
The lava was also devastating to farmland, as the banana trees on the island were a particular target of the lava.
Banana crops are one of the main crops on the island. In the past three weeks, it is estimated that the island has lost more than 103 million euros due to volcanic activity.