Thursday, December 9

Recorded 80 earthquakes in twelve hours in the south of La Palma, the largest of magnitude 4.3


The National Geographic Institute (IGN) registered a total of 80 earthquakes in the southern area of ​​La Palma, in Fuencaliente and Villa de Mazo, in just twelve hours, which elapsed between eight o’clock in the afternoon on Friday to 08.00 on this Saturday. .

The largest earthquake was registered this Saturday morning around 07:30 in Villa de Mazo. It was 4.3 and was located 36 kilometers deep. Previously there had been two other tremors of 3.9 in the same area at 2:20 am and 4:00 am, at a similar depth (between 35 and 37 kilometers)

In Fuencaliente, on the other hand, several earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 and intensity IV have also taken place during the night, some of them with depths of eleven kilometers.

In general, seismicity remains stable at medium and stable depths, but it is not ruled out that in the coming days the earthquakes will gain in intensity and may reach six.

About 6,600 people evacuated

After the preventive evacuations last Wednesday, the total number of people evicted since the beginning of the emergency stands at around 6,600.

Regarding the area affected by the eruptive process, it is 845.72 hectares, 20.49 hectares more than the figure announced this Friday, and the maximum width between the extreme points of the flows remains at approximately 2,900 meters, although within of this extension there are areas that have not been affected by lava.

The buildings destroyed or damaged, according to the data provided by the Cadastre, amount to 1,280 buildings, of which 1,030 are for residential use, 132 for agriculture, 64 for industrial use, 30 for leisure and hospitality, 11 for public use and 14 for other uses.

Finally, the affected crop area currently reaches 258.23 hectares, of which more than 56%, 144, 93 hectares, correspond to banana crops.



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