Popular Spanish holiday destination risks volcano eruption as yellow warning issued

The National Geographic Institute states that 2,935 earthquakes have been recorded in the south of the island of La Palma, but the locals can continue their normal lives.

La Palma is the most volcanically active of the Canary Islands. (

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Brits vacationing on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, have received a yellow warning informing them that a volcano could erupt.

Seismic activity in La Cumbre Vieja volcano has increased, prompting the Spanish Ministry of Public Administration, Justice and Security to issue a warning.

In the areas of Fuencaliente, Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Mazo, the special plan for civil protection and awareness of volcanic hazardous situations was implemented.

The island has experienced the strongest volcanic activity since 2017, and at this particular occurrence the volcano is typically the shallowest, meaning hot magma slowly rises to the surface.

More than 350 quakes have been detected since Monday, including 14 quakes with a magnitude of over 3.0.


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La Cumbre Vieja began showing seismic activity on Saturday, September 11th at 3:18 am.

The National Geographic Institute states that in the southern area of ​​the island of La Palma “2,935 earthquakes were found, of which a total of 616” were located.

More than 350 quakes have been detected since Monday, including 14 quakes with magnitudes above 3.0 and 226 quakes between 2.0 and 2.9.

This morning at 7 a.m. local time, the island experienced the strongest earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 mbLg.

3.5 mbLG are considered a light earthquake, with 5.3 being classified as moderate and 6.3 as strong.

La Palma is the most volcanically active island in the Canaries, with La Cumbre Vieja specifically being one of the most eruptive.

The last eruption in 1971 that led to the evacuation of the city of Fuencaliente was 40 years ago.

The volcano also erupted in 1949, which lasted 37 days and created a large crack on its surface that was one and a half kilometers long.

While the situation is being monitored, experts believe it is unlikely that an outbreak would pose a significant threat to human life.

The volcano has not erupted in 40 years and experts assure the public that it will continue as normal.


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Nemesio Perez, Director of the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (INVOLCAN), said on Monday: “In 80 percent of cases, these processes remain underground and do not lead to a volcanic eruption.”

He insisted that people can go on with their daily lives, adding, “We are moving from a normal to an alarm situation.

“We recognize a change in seismic activity and recommend that the population pay attention to information from the authorities.”

Regarding the change in the warning message from yellow to green, he said it was due to an increase in seismic activity that was 3 miles closer to the ground.

He also stated that the seismic activity the island is currently experiencing is superficial compared to previous activity which fluctuated between 20 km and 30 km, but that locals could experience an increase in seismic activity.

The yellow warning means that the volcano is showing signs of increased unrest and is the second lowest level. of five.


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