Saturday, September 25

La Palma raises its traffic light of volcanic risk due to an unusual seismic activity in Cumbre Vieja

The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands has declared a yellow alert situation for volcanic risk on the island of La Palma due to the increase in seismic activity in the Cumbre Vieja area. Since last weekend the number of earthquakes detected in this demarcation of the territory has multiplied, an activity that “represents a significant change in the Cumbre Vieja volcano and is related to a magmatic intrusion process inside the island’s crust. de La Palma “, explains Nemesio Pérez, scientific coordinator of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) .The affected municipalities are Los Llanos de Aridane, Fuencaliente, El Paso and Mazo.

“This latest seismic swarm that began at 04:18 am (Canary time) on September 11, 2021, currently carries more than 400 earthquakes located under Cumbre Vieja at depths of around 12 km, as opposed to the depth of the previous seismic swarms that oscillated between 20 and 30 km “, Pérez details. And he adds:” It cannot be ruled out that the seismicity felt in the coming days will intensify, depending on the evolution of the activity “.

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