General view of one of the Cumbre Vieja volcanoes, an area in southern La Palma that could be affected by a possible volcanic eruption. Photo: Europa Press / EUROPA PRESS / dpa
And the Spanish island authorities activated the yellow alert for an emergency plan, and thus the second stage of four stages, according to what El Pais reported Thursday. Residents of the small island south of about 83,000 people should pack a light baggage with their cell phones, important documents and any medication they may need and take care of notifications to the authorities.
The Institute of National Geographic (IGN) said that since last Saturday, more than 4,200 tremors have been recorded in the Cumbre Vieja volcanic chain region in the south of the island, which is getting stronger and closer to the surface. In addition, the ground was slightly pushed out in some places. This indicates that magma is accumulating under Cumbre Vieja. “We cannot make any predictions for the next few days, but everything indicates that the earthquakes will be stronger and more visible to the population,” the newspaper quoted Maria Jose Blanco, director of IGN for the Canary Islands.
The last time a volcanic eruption occurred on the small island in the northwest archipelago was 50 years ago when Tinguya threw lava into the air in 1971. There is no mass tourism in La Palma as there is in the more famous islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
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