La Palma weather chaos: Volcano ERUPTION FEARS as torrential rain sparks LANDSLIDES

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

LA PALMA is in a state of emergency as torrential rains caused flooding and landslides amid fears of a volcanic eruption on the popular holiday island.

Wed, Nov 8, 2017

The General Directorate of Security and Emergency declared a state of emergency yesterday and told islanders to brace for two inches of rainfall per hour over the rest of the day.

The east of the island has been hit by dangerous landslides which have caused power outages and blocked roads, leaving locals stranded.

A school in Santo Domingo, in the north of the island, had to be evacuated because of the swelling waters after a staggering six inches of rain fell overnight, reports LaPalmaMeteo.

Average rainfall for the entire month of November was 2.8 inches last year.

Local media reports that the horror weather has left some homes in rural areas completely cut off with roads blocked by water, mud and debris. The north of the island is the worst affected.

Intense fog and plummeting temperatures have also been reported in the higher parts of the island.

The deluge of rain follows an earthquake that rocked the Canary Islands late last month.

The Spanish archipelago was struck by the 3.5 magnitude quake at 8.25pm on 24 October.

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.

Last week, revealed the Mount Teide volcano on nearby Tenerife could be a mega volcano after new research showed that left over magma from old volcanoes on the popular island could have come together to create Teide, and make it a super volcano.

Mount Teide was formed from three landslides on the island, this coming together of magma is thought to be how Cumbre Vieja was formed on La Palma.

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