La Palma eruption: Homes covered in ash as volcano continues to emit magma and gas more than five weeks after it began

Homes on the island of La Palma have been left covered in ash as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt.

Photos show homes blanketed as the volcano emits magma, gases and ash more than five weeks since it first erupted.

The ash fall has cancelled flights and school classes.

Last week, authorities warned people living near the volcano to stay indoors because of the ash.

They said the air quality was “extremely unfavourable” due to high levels of small particles in the air.

On Wednesday, cascades of red-hot lava tumbled into the Atlantic Ocean, causing plumes of white smoke and building a platform of volcanic rock.

But unlike the first time the lava reached the ocean just over a month ago, authorities have said there is no need for residents to stay indoors.

“New confinements are not necessary because the populations are far away from the point of contact with the sea that occurred last night,” an emergency services spokesperson told Reuters.

There are few people living in the affected area, which mostly features banana plantations.

When the volcano began erupting, authorities feared a reaction between the superheated lava and seawater could cause powerful explosions and toxic gas clouds.

A man died during the last major eruption on the island 50 years ago after inhaling such gases.

On Tuesday, La Palma’s council said seismic activity around the eruption site had been decreasing, along with the emissions of toxic sulphur dioxide, meaning the air quality remained good across most of the island.

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