Monday, August 8

Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 in La Palma, the most powerful since the beginning of the eruption


La Palma has registered an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 and intensity IV-V (on a maximum of XII) early this morning, the most powerful of those that have occurred on the island since the seismic crisis began that preceded the eruption.

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According to the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake took place at 7.24 am, local time, with its epicenter in the Cumbre Vieja area belonging to the municipality of Villa de Mazo, 35 kilometers deep.

The IGN has no record of any damage, but it does have evidence that it has been widely felt throughout the island and also in El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife.

Specifically, it was felt in Puntallana, San Andrés y Sauces, El Paso, Garafía, Los Llanos de Aridane, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Breña Baja, Tijarafe, Breña Alta, Villa de Mazo, Barlovento, Tazacorte, Puntagorda, Fuencaliente, in The Palm; Valverde, Frontera and El Pinar, in El Hierro; Santiago del Teide, La Guancha, Icod de los Vinos, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Candelaria, Güímar, La Orotava, San Miguel de Abona, Granadilla de Abona, Santa Úrsula and Los Silos, in Tenerife, and Valle Gran Rey, Hermigua , Vallehermoso and San Sebastián, in La Gomera,

Another earthquake that occurred at 04.36 hours of magnitude 4.1 mbLg stands out, with an epicenter at a depth of 37 km and again southwest of Mazo. This tremor was felt with an intensity of III-IV on the EMS scale in almost the entire island of La Palma.

Other earthquakes of magnitudes 3.2 (06.38 hours), 3.0 (06.46 hours), 3.7 (07.13 hours), 3.3 ( 07.21 hours) and 3.1 (07.59 hours)

This Friday, 186 earthquakes were located, the largest of 3.7 mbLg that occurred in the southwest of the municipality of Villa de Mazo at 09:38 hours. With intensity IV EMS and a depth of 10 km, this tremor was felt in A Coruña and Lugo, according to IGN data.



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