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A deadlock imposed on the three coastal cities on the Spanish island of La Palma ended on Wednesday, when officials announced that toxic fumes had partially disappeared in the midst of the ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Several days ago, officials ordered a lockdown for the coastal towns, telling residents to stay put when lava reached the sea sent clouds of thick fumes into the air, threatening citizens’ health.

Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands’ volcanic emergency plan, said the decision to end the restriction came after the cloud disappeared. However, he warned that individuals in coastal areas should still wear masks “stay protected” and “prevent all problems.”

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Although the order to stay at home has been lifted, La Palma Airport will remain closed as workers try to remove tons of black volcanic ash that has covered parts of the runway.

Carmen Lopez, of the National Geographic Institute’s geophysical monitoring program, warned that unless the eruption begins to subside, “it is most likely that it will continue to affect” the area’s ability to function effectively.

La Palma is currently experiencing its longest eruption in 375 years, with lava flowing from the volcano over the past 67 days, worrying that it is showing no signs of abating.

Since the eruption of Cumbre Vieja on September 19, it has covered more than 1,000 hectares of land on the island, damaged or destroyed about 2,700 properties and forced thousands to flee the territory.

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