(BBC News) — Escaping the tropical climate of the Azores would be a welcome reprieve for some residents of Lanzarote as the island’s recent spate of volcanic eruptions are forcing them to stay inside.
Activity at the island’s volcano changed significantly towards the end of January.
Eleven weeks after an eruption, the danger remains as thousands remain evacuated.
The eruption began in November and the government had earlier evacuated almost 40,000 people from all parts of the island.
At its peak the ash cloud covered the Canary Islands, as well as causing travel disruptions in mainland Spain.
A lahar formed on the island, contributing to the adverse weather conditions that created waves of heavy rainfall.
Local residents are back in their homes, but many are still unable to leave, despite tourism being the island’s number one source of income.
But authorities say it could be another month before the situation fully stabilises.