Seaside area in Spain hit by volcano eruptions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Solidarity activists block the road leading to the Bishop’s Palace on the Costa de Gabinete

Large-scale volcanic eruptions are forcing people on a Spanish island off the east coast of Morocco to stay indoors for months at a time.

They all have to check in to government services through the barrier from a football stadium on Gevalley, near Gibraltar.

The central government is now offering compensation to those who are unable to find jobs outside the region.

Volcanic eruptions kill animals, force people to evacuate and damage infrastructure on Gevalley.

Clean-up and drought are just a few of the social consequences from the frequent eruptions on Gevalley’s Brenfold Island, off the coast of western Morocco.

“We are based in Gervant [a football stadium close to the Brenfold Airport], where we have formed a regular routine for those who live and work in the Gervant-Gurion area. We bring them their medicines and other medical needs,” local councillor Bernardo Ciuffo said.

More than 50 people had to be treated in emergency centres after a series of eruptions in April this year.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A mud slide swept over a road leading to the airport

In one incident, a mudslide covered a road and a ditch leading to the airport and a ferry port.

All infrastructure on the island had to be repaired.

Gas and electricity service were restored only when Erhur’s electricity company, El Gnord, took its own unit out of service and moved the field to Gervant’s location.

A photograph published by The Mirror newspaper shows natural gas flowing through cracks in the ground on a road leading to the airport in June.

Due to the nature of the natural gas, hundreds of people have had to be relocated from nearby Gervant island to survive the event.

There were concerns that people on Gervant would freeze while travelling to and from the airport and were urging them to check into hotels or a hotel in Gervant to avoid the main road out of the island.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Brenfold airport is normally used to ferry residents from Gervant island to the larger town

The local government has recently announced it will be offering compensation to residents who cannot find work in the Brenfold-Gurion region as a result of the outages.

“They might choose to leave Gervant, especially for financial reasons, because they have spent weeks in the sports stadium,” local councillor Cristina Plauchez said.

After almost 40 years of volcanic activity on Brenfold Island, the area has been declared a disaster zone.

According to studies by Spanish researchers, those being affected by the outages in Gervant are around 20,000 people.

The Gervant-Gurion area is near the eastern end of Spain and is estimated to have a population of around 7,600.

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