La Palma volcano fears: Canary Islands struck by EARTHQUAKE overnight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE Canary Islands has been rocked by an earthquake as fears grow a volcano in nearby La Palma could erupt at any moment.

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

North of the Spanish archipelago was struck by the 3.5 magnitude quake at 8.25pm on Tuesday night.

The seismic activity is just the latest to hit the Spanish islands, popular with British holidaymakers, after it was struck by a flurry of earthquakes beneath the surface causing red-hot magma to lift the ground of La Palma.

Experts investigating recent tremors from La Palma volcano Cumbre Vieja – which saw nearly 400 mini earthquakes in 15 hours – found the earth has risen up to 3.5cm in the past year.

And, after four days of inactivity, La Palma recorded another tremor last week when a 1.9 magnitude quake was felt nine kilometres deep.

There are increasing fears such tremors could spark an eruption from the La Palma earthquake.

A ship has now been sent in to study the submerged base of the volcano for two days at the south of La Palma.

The team will be on site to “define the base level of water properties in La Palma”.

Meanwhile, volcano experts have begun to monitor the subterranean waters in La Palma over fears the deadly Cumbre Vieja could erupt.

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