Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic

  • Lava from a volcano reaches the sea on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on Wednesday Sept. 29, 2021. Lava from a volcano on Spain’s Canary Islands has finally reached the Atlantic Ocean after days of wiping out hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Saul Santos)

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands — A bright red river of lava from the volcano on Spain’s La Palma island finally tumbled over a cliff and into the Atlantic Ocean, setting off huge plumes of steam and possibly toxic gases that forced local residents outside the evacuation zone to remain indoors on Wednesday.