Toxic Gas: La Palma residents in lockdown

Toxic Gas: La Palma residents in lockdown
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Toxic Gas: La Palma residents are in lockdown as sulphur dioxide levels soar.

According to the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Canary Islands government, sulphur dioxide levels soared on Monday leading to residents being asked to remain inside for their own safety, according to Efe.

La Palma residents close to the Cumbre Vieja volcano are suffering from poor air quality and toxic gases. The toxic gases have affected the Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, and Tazacorte areas.


Sulphur dioxide levels hit more than 750 micrograms per cubic metre on Monday morning at the El Paso station. The toxic gases led the authorities to declare a level 2 Emergency. This placed local residents in lockdown until further notice.

Residents were asked to stay inside with windows and doors closed. They were also asked to close the blinds and tape up air vents. On Monday, La Palma was hit by another four earthquakes according to the National Geographic Institute (NGI). The biggest quake hit in Fuencaliente with a magnitude of 3.2 on the Richter scale.

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


  1. Alex, Can you get a handle on the true figures of overall Gran Canaria for public wide reportinq, with a view to provide humanitarian assistance using whatever means in the EU jurisdiction.Any tangible data would be helpful. pero yours.


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