“Part of a cement factory has burned down,” said the director of the emergency cell for the eruption, Miguel Angel Morcuende. “As a result, and until we have been able to analyze whether the air quality allows normal living, we have decided to impose a lockdown.”

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people are affected. They live in regions near the factory, in the west of the island. A lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano reached the factory. The volcano has been erupting since September 19.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in the eruption, but more than 6,000 people have already been evacuated. Some of them lost all their belongings to the lava flows, which have already destroyed nearly 600 hectares and more than 1,200 buildings.

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