Volcano erupts on Atlantic Island as a swarm of hundreds of recorded earthquakes

The island’s government confirmed that a volcano on the island of La Palma in Spain erupted on Sunday. A few days after hundreds of earthquakes were recorded in the area.

According to the Canary Islands Government and the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute, a large pillar of smoke has risen in Kumbrevieha National Park after the eruption at 3:15 pm local time. Authorities evacuated about 40 people and livestock around the volcano.

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Smoke erupted on September 19, 2021 after a volcano erupted in El Paso’s Kumbrevieja National Park in the Canary Islands of La Palma. (Borja Suarez / Reuters)

A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the area on Saturday. Several more tremors were detected on Sunday morning.

Volcanic Risk Prevention Program Scientific Committee Pay attention to the news media Stronger earthquakes are “easy to feel and can damage buildings.”

video picture The eruption showed that the volcano was sending lava into the air.other Photos and videos It shows that the volcano has cracked and the flowing lava has burned down the forest and farmland.

according to In response to the discovery of the volcano, the eruption on Sunday was the first on the island since 1971. The earliest recorded volcanic eruption in La Palma occurred in the 15th century, officials said.

According to authorities, emergency services have been ordered to prepare to evacuate about 1,000 people as needed.

Over 22,000 tremors were reported during the week of officials in the region. report Reuters.

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Aerial photograph of San Antonio volcano and Teneguía volcano in the background on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain, September 17, 2021. (BorjaSuarez / Reuters)

“Most likely, the magma has found a way to the surface, and it is very likely that it will eventually reach the magma,” said the Volcano Surveillance Department of the Canary Islands Volcano Research Institute. Luka Dauria, who is in charge of the project, quoted.NS DW as you say last week.

La Palma has about 83,000 inhabitants and is visited by several tourists each year. It is also one of eight islands in the Canary Islands. At the closest point to Africa, they are 60 miles from Morocco.

About 10 years ago, several earthquakes struck nearby El Hierro. Underwater volcanic eruptions were also recorded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.