Spain holiday chaos for tourists as La Palma volcano causes mayhem

Tourists have had to escape the island by ferry after the airport’s closure caused chaos. Holidaymakers were housed in disused military barracks after hotels and holiday apartments were evacuated.

Gases emitted from the volcano can seriously damage people’s lungs if they are inhaled for long.

Tourists were forced to join long queues for ferries to escape the island after the airport was closed.

Emergency crews have had to withdraw from the immediate area after further explosions sent rock and ash flying.

There have no been fatalities reported from the eruption but many homes and farms have been destroyed by the lava.

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It is expected that the ash cloud could travel as far as the Balearic islands although it is likely not to be dangerous for tourists by that point as it will be so high in the atmosphere.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office is advising tourists to stay away from La Palma and avoid the Canary Islands.

A statement said: “On Sunday 19 September 2021, at approximately 15.15 local time, there was a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.

“The immediate areas of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and El Paso have been evacuated.

“If you are in an affected area you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma.

Volcano tourists have travelled to the island to witness the eruption but anyone crossing emergency service lines could be in danger.

Ticket prices to visit the Canaries have soared as so-called ‘lava chasers’ rushed to get to the island.

Juan Pablo Gonzales, a hotel manager said: “Now is not the moment for tourism for La Palma, it’s the time to help.

“These people are not doing that and they are instead occupying beds that could, for example, be used by the security forces.”

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