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Cumbre Vieja volcano destroys banana plantations

Island of La Palma experiences new quake

Yesterday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck in La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. Volcanic eruptions have been underway there since September 19.

According to data collected by the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN), the tremor, registered at a depth of 35 kilometers, is the biggest one on record since that day. It followed 16 smaller quakes registered overnight.

Authorities sought to allay concerns that this could mean a new crack is about to open on the Cumbre Vieja mountain ridge, leading to new lava flows.

Miguel Ángel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands’ emergency volcano response department, Pevolca: “Right now we have no data making us think that a new emission point could open up. We’re not seeing any further land uplift, and that’s positive news.” However, he added: “What is said about today may not be valid tomorrow.”

As reported on¸ a new stream of lava reached the beach of El Charcón, within the municipal limits of Tazacorte, where it “razed more banana plantations, destroyed several deposits and the odd building.”

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