Saturday, December 4

La Palma wakes up shaken by a magnitude 5 earthquake, but records only four earthquakes since midnight

La Palma wakes up shaken by an earthquake of magnitude 5, intensity IV-V, widely felt by the population, but the Island from midnight this Saturday, until 7.34, has only registered four earthquakes. The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located the first tremor at 00.56 hours, with magnitude 2.1, at a depth of 9 kilometers, in Fuencaliente.

The second, at 06.56 hours, with magnitude 5 (the fourth so far of this magnitude in the current volcanic crisis) was located in Villa de Mazo 38 kilometers (km) deep, the third, also in Villa de Mazo, from 2.6, at 38 km, and the fourth, in Fuencaliente, from 2.8 at 07.34, at a depth of 13 km. East stop of the seismicity had not occurred since the eruptive process of Cumbre Vieja began on September 19.

The Steering Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Care for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) of the Government of the Canary Islands, led by the counselor responsible for the Plan, Julio Pérez, has made this Friday an appeal to the caution of the population, recalling that the eruptive process “remains active”, and in a level 2 emergency situation, which is why the restrictions on access to the exclusion zone remain in force. In this sense, “and despite the stability of the process”, it insists that it is necessary to continue with strict compliance with the security measures and not lower our guard to avoid accidents. Within the perimeter, only duly authorized intervening teams and scientists can access, with the required individual protection equipment and following the recommendations of the Security group, coordinated by the Civil Guard.l.

The director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands and spokesperson for the Pevolca Scientific Committee, María José Blanco, pointed out this Friday that “although we are at a decreasing level (even the tremor in the last 24 hours remains at low levels ), this trend has to be looked at in the long term and he insisted that the current level of seismicity continues to indicate that it is possible that more felt earthquakes may occur, being able to reach intensities of V and VI on the EMS scale “.

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