Sulfur dioxide from La Palma volcano reaches the Iberian Peninsula

A total of 60 earthquakes have been recorded on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands) since midnight this Thursday, one of them 4.5 degrees, the highest felt so far since the eruption of the volcano began 26 days ago.

According to the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN), seismic activity has increased in the last hours in La Palma, after having decreased slightly on Wednesday.

Three of the 60 earthquakes recorded were felt by the population, with the greatest magnitude occurring at 2:27 am (the same time in Lisbon), in Mazo, with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale, at a depth of 37 kilometers, after another of 4.1 degrees, also in this city, three seconds before the previous one and at the same depth.

The third strongest was felt in Fuencaliente, with a magnitude of 3.6 degree, at a depth of 10 kilometers at 5:30 am on Thursday.

At the end of Thursday, authorities ordered the evacuation of a new neighborhood in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, on the island of La Palma, due to the advance of the last lava flow generated by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

According to a source from the Regional Government of the Canary Islands cited by the Spanish agency Efe, it is estimated that this new evacuation affects about 15 residents who live in this area.

This is the second evacuation caused in just 24 hours by the advance of the new landslide that formed in recent days north of the main one, after some 800 residents of the La Laguna neighborhood were ordered to flee their homes on Tuesday. Monday afternoon.

Indicators monitored by scientists at the La Palma volcano, especially sulfur dioxide emissions, suggest that the end of the eruption will not happen in the short or medium term, according to the spokeswoman for the scientific committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca).

The lava from the La Palma volcano, which erupted on September 19, occupied 656 hectares on Wednesday and has already affected more than 1500 buildings.

According to measurements by the European Copernicus satellite system, the lava occupies 656 hectares and has already affected 1541 buildings, of which 1458 have been destroyed.

A cloud of sulfur dioxide emitted by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano hit the Iberian Peninsula and is expected to be in the atmosphere by Friday, the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) reported on Wednesday.

Using predictions from the Atmospheric Monitoring Service model of the European Copernicus satellite observation program, the “intrusion of sulfur dioxide” is above 3,000 meters altitude, “therefore not affecting the concentrations of this gas at the surface”.

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