Possible Volcanic Eruption Expected on La Palma, Canary Islands

The Spanish authorities have raised a volcanic alert at the Canary island of La Palma after registering more than 4,000 earthquakes in recent days.

The Volcano Risk Prevention Plan (Pevolca) team claimed that an eruption is imminent at the Tenguia volcano after the National Geographic Institute (IGN) detected the seismic movements.

A yellow warning issued has been issued in the municipalities of Fuencaliente, Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, and Mazo so far.

“We cannot make a short-term forecast. But everything indicates that it will evolve into earthquakes of larger magnitudes that will be more intense and felt by the population,” warned Canary Islands IGN director María José Blanco.

Luca D’Auria, director of the volcanic surveillance area of the Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (Involcan) echoed that such seismic activity would eventually lead to the eruption of Teneguia.

D’Auria has clarified that the eruption could occur inside the volcano or could burn out before an eruption.

D’Auria said that if an explosion did occur, it would most likely not result in any immediate danger.


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