La Palma has registered the biggest earthquake so far: 4.5 on the Richter Scale – ZAP


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Cumbre Vieja volcano launches lava, ash and smoke in La Palma

Three of the 60 earthquakes recorded were felt by the population, with the greatest magnitude occurring at 2:27 am, in Mazo, with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale.

A total of 60 earthquakes were registered on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, since 00:00 this Thursday, one of them from magnitude 4,5 on the Richter Scale, the biggest sense so far since the volcano’s eruption began 26 days ago.

According to the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN), seismic activity has increased in the last hours in La Palma, after having decreased slightly on Wednesday.

Three of the 60 earthquakes recorded were felt by the population, with the highest magnitude occurring at 2:27 am (the same time in Lisbon), in Mazo, with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale, at a depth of 37 kilometers, after another of 4.1 degrees, also in this city , three seconds before the previous one and at the same depth.

The third strongest was felt in Fuencaliente, with a magnitude of 3.6 degree, at a depth of 10 kilometers at 5:30 am on Thursday.

Authorities ordered at the end of Thursday to evacuation of a new neighborhood in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, on the island of La Palma, due to the advance of the last lava flow generated by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

According to a source from the Regional Government of the Canary Islands cited by the EFE agency, it is estimated that this new evacuation will affect about 15 residents who live in this area.

This is the second evacuation caused in just 24 hours by the advance of the new landslide that formed in recent days north of the main one, after about 800 residents of the neighborhood of La Laguna were ordered to flee their homes on Tuesday afternoon.

Indicators monitored by scientists at the La Palma volcano, especially the emissions of sulfur dioxide, suggest that the end of the eruption will not happen in the short or medium term, according to the spokeswoman for the scientific committee of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca).

The lava from the La Palma volcano, which erupted on September 19, occupied on Wednesday 656 hectares and has already affected more than 1,500 buildings, of which 1,458 have been destroyed.

A cloud of sulfur dioxide emitted by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano hit the Iberian Peninsula and should be in the atmosphere by Friday, reported Wednesday the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

Using predictions from the Atmospheric Monitoring Service model of the European Copernicus satellite observation program, the “intrusion of sulfur dioxide” is above 3000 meters altitude, “therefore not affecting the concentrations of this gas at the surface”.