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La Palma volcano: Toxic gas forces thousands into temporary lockdown

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Authorities in Spain's La Palma lifted a stay-at-home order on Monday just a few hours after telling people to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by toxic gases spewing from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

The eruption, which has sent spectacular rivers of molten lava running down the slopes of the volcano for nearly three months, is the longest-running on the Spanish Canary island in its history.

Around 24,500 people in Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte - a third of La Palma's residents - were asked to stay indoors due to emissions of sulphur dioxide that had reached "extremely adverse" levels, authorities said.

However, a few hours later, emergency services lifted the order thanks to an improvement in air-quality data.

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