Monday, October 18

La Palma registers an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 during the early hours of this Saturday


The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located a quarantine of earthquakes on the island of La Palma during the night from Friday to Saturday, between 11:36 p.m. and 06:49 a.m., the most prominent being one in the early morning in the southwest of Villa de Mazo of magnitude 4.1. The good news is that it has occurred at a depth of 39 kilometers. In this sense, the director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, already assured at a press conference this Friday that “there is no surface activity in other environments than those of the cone itself”, so the probability that another emitting center will appear outside the cone’s vicinity “is extremely low, if not zero.”

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The seismic swarm remains active in the south of the island, in the municipalities of Mazo and Fuencaliente, and average depths that range approximately between 11 and 15 kilometers, although some have also been recorded at more than 30 kilometers.

For its part, the average intensity of the earthquakes is below magnitude 3. However, without counting the 4.1, this night there have been movements of 3.3 in Fuencaliente, at 06:23 and at a depth of 11 kilometers ; and 3.4 in Mazo, at 06.07 and 35 kilometers.

However, seismicity continues to be located, as in recent days, at a great depth and no deformity of the terrain has been recorded outside the volcano area.

As for the eruption, it continues to maintain the same behavior as the previous days with a volcanic explosiveness that continues at level 2 on a scale with a maximum of 8.

Likewise, the lava emission is concentrated in the centers of the main crater and it is not expected that another emission center will open outside this area.



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