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La Palma volcano: Lava reaches the sea amid toxic gas fears

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Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano which erupted ten days ago on La Palma in the Canary Islands has reached the ocean, a phenomenon that produces toxic gases.

Added on the 29/09/2021 06:59:52 - Copyright : Euronews EN

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