Another rupture of the cone of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, this time on itself, forms a 600-meter lava fountain. It has occurred after an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 that has been felt in La Palma and in four other islands of the Canary Archipelago.
La Palma is shaking more and more every day. In the last day 184 earthquakes have been registered. In addition, the magma is hitting closer and closer to the surface, the last one occurred at a depth of 12 kilometers. The experts consider that seismicity is the greatest risk now experienced by the Spanish island. They warn that earthquakes can reach an intensity of 6.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 located this Tuesday in the municipality of Mazo and 34 kilometers deep was felt throughout the Canary Island of La Palma, in some points with intensity IV, and also in the Spanish islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and Tenerife.
This is the second seismic movement in magnitude, as well as two previous ones, of those located in La Palma since last September 19, when a volcanic eruption started in the area of Cabeza de Vaca, in the Cumbre Vieja system.
They have recommended the population to move away from the facades of the buildings if they drive on the street, slow down driving on the road or avoid being near the windows.
With so many earthquakes the island has grown 10 centimeters in some areas. A ground elevation that could be due to a possible accumulation of magma in surface layers that could be accompanied by the closure or opening of an emission point.
The volcano continues to emit thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide and air quality thresholds have been temporarily exceeded. However, the lava has not spread to areas very different from those it usually travels through. Despite the fact that yesterday a large part of the cone broke off again and there were overflows. The lava has only devastated half a hectare more in 20 hours, exceeding 906 hectares.
This last measurement was made this Tuesday at 12.30 Canary time and maintains unchanged the number of destroyed buildings, 2,162, and 124 possibly affected.
The estimate of the damage that the different landslides caused on the roads of this Spanish island has not changed either: 66.2 kilometers disappeared and another 3.4 kilometers were partially damaged.
The director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, already indicated yesterday, Monday, that the orientation of the new cracks of the main cone through which the lava gushes out is optimal so that the lava flows do not continue to widen and increase the material damage already caused.
This is the thirty-third map produced by the Copernicus system since the beginning of the volcanic eruption at Cumbre Vieja on September 19.
Meanwhile, life goes on and some of the species that fled when the lava entered the sea have already returned to the lava delta or fajana that was formed.