- The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt, but this Saturday it also generated a magnitude 4.9 earthquake on the Spanish Atlantic island of La Palma.
- This has been the most intense earthquake since the volcano woke up on September 19 and since an inclement seismic swarm that has not stopped began.
- The main cone of the volcano collapsed after the seismic movement and this was recorded in impressive videos taken by the residents of La Palma.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt, but this Saturday it also generated a magnitude 4.9 earthquake on the Spanish Atlantic island of La Palma. This has been the most intense earthquake since the volcano woke up on September 19 and since an inclement seismic swarm that has not stopped began.
This Saturday, October 23, the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN) detected a 4.9 magnitude earth movement at a depth of 38 kilometers. But it has not been the only one, because at least 30 more tremors have followed, of which a dozen are greater than magnitude 3.
Volcano continues to erupt and generates magnitude 4.9 earthquake in La Palma
On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano woke up. It has been active for more than a month and not only has it devoured some 2,200 buildings, but it has destroyed some 900 hectares of land, according to the records of the Copernicus satellite system.
Its effect has been devastating. The authorities have had to urgently evict some 7,000 people, many families have lost their homes and jobs. In addition, there are hundreds of citizens who are still under alert now not only because of the threat of the volcano, but also because of the intense seismic activity that it has generated.
4.9 magnitude earthquake in La Palma
According to the revised calculations of the ING of Spain, this Saturday, October 23 at 3:34:49 (local time) an earthquake was recorded southwest of VILLA DE MAZO of magnitude 4.9 on the Richter seismological scale and with an epicenter at 38 kilometers deep.
After the movement, the main cone of the volcano partially collapsed, reported the Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias. Additionally, in the hours that followed the earthquake, to the west of the secondary cone, an emission of runoffs suffered several lava overflows.
As if the lava and ash that erupt from an active volcano were not enough, the earthquakes have generated changes in the flows, which keeps the authorities on alert. Before the intense shaking, the Cabildo of La Palma He said that “the laundry that is in the La Laguna neighborhood has not advanced in the last 24 hours.”
After the seismic movement, some spills were generated that widened this flow, precisely the one that most worries the authorities due to its proximity to the buildings and especially to the crops of the town of La Laguna, in La Palma.
The Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands confirmed that the main cone of the volcano had collapsed after the seismic movement, but the scene was also recorded in impressive videos taken by the residents of La Palma themselves, who can see the lava gushing from the volcano in the distance. .
“EARTHQUAKE IN LA PALMA. The island suffers the biggest earthquake since the #volcanCumbreVieja woke up. The #Equake of 4.9 which caused the collapse of the Main Cone of the Volcano and the Lava has begun to overflow through a Secondary Opening OREMOS “, wrote On twitter a netizen next to the shocking video.
What to do in the event of an earthquake?
The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for the prevention and information in case of earthquakes. These are the aspects that you should consider: Always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified. In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.
Duck and cover. The most important thing is that you protect yourself. Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside. If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles. Protect your head with your arms. If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights
Other suggestions in case of earthquake
Other suggestions are: Do not walk barefoot, you could hurt yourself with a sharp object that has fallen to the ground. Use flashlights. Don’t light candles or use matches. If you are trapped, hit with an object to signal your position. It is not advisable to yell, on the contrary, cover your mouth and nose so that the dust does not affect you.
It is also important to have a emergency kit Containing: A list of emergency telephone numbers, primary medical assistance items, portable radio with batteries, flashlight with batteries and important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds, as indicated by Civil Protection of Mexico.
What things should NOT be done?
Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake. Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate, use flashlights. Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm. Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.
It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation. Volcano continues to erupt and generates magnitude 4.9 earthquake in La Palma.
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