April 15, 2024

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Volcanic eruption threatens the tourist island of La Palma |  Abroad

Volcanic eruption threatens the tourist island of La Palma | Abroad

And the authorities are warning in the coming weeks of a volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma. Experts point out that magma flows under the Earth’s surface. The island is loved by hikers for its volcanoes, enchanting waterfalls, and beautiful beaches.

Researchers report that seismic activity has sharply increased in La Palma over the past six days. More than 4,200 vibrations were recorded. According to experts, this indicates the possibility of a volcanic eruption in the coming days or weeks. “We cannot make short-term forecasts,” said Maria José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute in the Canary Islands. “But all indications are that the larger, more intense earthquakes are on the way, which will be felt by residents.”

Vibrations approach the Earth’s surface. The first was seen at a depth of 20 kilometers, and in the meantime ranges from five to eight kilometers. In some places, the ground rose by six centimeters.

Palms. © Getty Images / Westend61

Meanwhile, a contingency plan has been drawn up for municipalities around the volcano in the Cumbre Vieja region to the southeast, including Fuencaliente, Los Llanos de Aridan, El Paso and Mazo. The plan states that people in the area should have a bag ready in case of evacuation.

The island is known as the greenest of the Canary Islands. Green valleys, mountain landscapes, waterfalls and the sea attract many tourists to La Palma. The last eruption of the La Palma volcano occurred fifty years ago. Tenguiá released lava for three weeks in October. Four years ago, earthquakes were observed again.

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