Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands has reached the sea, Spanish volcanologists said late on Tuesday. They warned that toxic gases could be released as the magma hits the seawater.
An exclusion zone covering 2 nautical miles has been declared around the area where the lava hit the coast. Authorities have asked residents outside of the zone to remain at home with their windows and doors closed.
"The lava flow has reached the sea at Playa Nueva," Involcan, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute, wrote on Twitter.
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