Society 09/10/2021

Part of the north face of La Palma volcano collapses

The sinking has generated new lava flows in several directions

ARA
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The eruption of the volcano of La Palma, this morning after the collapse of part of the north face of the cone.

The north face of the eruption cone of the new volcano on La Palma collapsed early this morning, according to Itahiza Domínguez, from the Instituto Vulcanológico de las Canarias (Involcan). The expert, according to Efe, has stated through social networks that the collapse has generated lava flows in several directions.

According to Europa Press, the National Geographic Institute has located forty earthquakes on the island of La Palma this night, between 11.30 p.m. and just before 7 a.m. The most prominent one was southwest of Villa de Mazo and reached a magnitude of 4.1, with an epicentre at a depth of 39 kilometres. The most prominent one was southwest of Villa de Mazo and reached a magnitude of 4.1, with the epicentre at a depth of 39 kilometres. The seismic swarm is still active in the south of the island, in the municipalities of Mazo and Fuencaliente. The average intensity of the earthquakes, however, is below magnitude 3.

On the other hand, scientists warn that if the lava delta that has formed on La Palma continues to advance towards deeper areas it could also sink, releasing gases and amidst hydromagmatic explosions and surges. The spokeswoman for the scientific committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan, María José Blanco, warned yesterday that the fajana - the word used by the Canarians - is reaching the limit of the island platform.

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