La Palma breaks in the depths. Tonight the island has registered the largest earthquake that has occurred since before the eruptions began. The magma has increased the magnitude of its stakes to 4.1 and 4.5 on the Richter scale. In total there have been 60 earthquakes since midnight. All at great depth about 37 kilometers. Mazo and Fuencaliente are the towns that most notice the powder keg below.
“The seismic activity that we have had this morning has been quite intense, especially from one to four in the morning with a large number of events and we have had the largest of the seismovolcanic series since September 11 with a magnitude of 4.5 with intensities of 2, 3,4, that is, widely felt by the population of the entire island, especially in Mazo, even here in the Llanos and in some northern towns “, highlights the volcanologist Rubén López.
Experts do not foresee that the island’s hell will end in the short and medium term. This Thursday they have evacuated another 300 people and there are already 7000 who have had to leave the area. The area affected by the lava now exceeds 640.27 hectares and more than 1540 buildings have been razed.
The largest earthquake of the senses so far has taken place in Villa de Mazo, with a magnitude of 4.5, at a depth of 37 kilometers, after another of 4.1, also in this town, three seconds before the previous one and at the same depth.
The third strongest has taken place in Fuencaliente, with a magnitude of 3.6, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The volcano is releasing a plume of gases 3,000 meters high with high amounts of sulfur dioxide, 17,774 tons per day, and that measure would have to go down to 100 to think that the eruption is coming to an end, explained this Wednesday the spokeswoman for the scientific committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), María José Blanco.
The lava from the volcano has already destroyed about 90 hectares of banana trees in the coastal area of the Aridane Valley, “the most expensive in the Canary Islands and Spain” for the cultivation of this fruit and whose market value ranges between 40 and 46 millions of dollars.
According to the information from the Copernicus satellites, there are 1,541 buildings or constructions affected, of which 1,408 were destroyed. The data obtained from the cadastre reduce the figure to 937, of which 763 for residential use, 89 for agricultural use, 45 industrial, 22 for leisure and hospitality and 18 for public use.
The Department of Homeland Security reports that the air quality is good and an east wind is expected, which will allow the ash to move west, towards the sea.
At the moment all the Canarian airports are fully operational.
In addition to the desalination plants installed to supply irrigation water, a tanker chartered by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Spanish Demographic Challenge is scheduled to arrive in the area this Thursday.