A 4.5 earthquake shakes La Palma, the largest earthquake since the volcanic eruption

An earthquake of 4.5 degree has shaken the early morning of this Thursday the island of The Palm, as recorded by the National Geographic Institute of Spain.

Its about more intense shaking from the beginning of the eruption of the volcano of Cumbre Vieja de La Palma after the one recorded last on October 7, 4.3.

The tremor was registered at 1:27 am this Thursday in Villa de Mazo 37 kilometers deep. Throughout the night the volcanic tremor has continued with tremors between 2.5 and 4.1 magnitude.

More bowel movements

Due to the advance of the last lavage of the La Palma volcano, tonight the evacuation of a new neighborhood from the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane.

This is the second evacuation that has occurred in just over 24 hours due to the advance of a new lava tongue that has formed in recent days north of the main stream, which forced almost a thousand residents of the La Laguna neighborhood.

In total, about 6,000 residents remain evacuated of their houses and, according to the last count, 763 houses were destroyed, in addition to 89 buildings for agricultural use, 45 industrial buildings, 22 for leisure and hospitality and 18 for public use, 927 buildings in total.

Nowadays, it is not so much the houses that concern the crops, especially the banana trees. The lava from the La Palma volcano has been washed away by 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 35 and 40 million euros.

Lava has washed away hundreds of banana trees on the island of La Palma. Efe

The eruption goes for a long time

When 25 days have passed since the volcano erupted, scientists have warned that the expulsion of lava and gases “does not stop” and that it is not expected to do so in the short or medium term.

The scientific spokesperson for Pevolca, Maria Jose Blanco, of the National Geographic Institute, explained this Wednesday to the media that scientists think that the eruption will not remit in the short or medium term, especially because sulfur dioxide emissions are very high, more than 17,000 tons per day, and to think that the volcano is extinguishing, they should drop to around 100 tons.

Given this, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who traveled to La Palma this Wednesday for the fourth time, asked for “patience” after listening to the scientists. Sánchez guaranteed that those who “have lost everything” will have the support of all Spaniards and all institutions until the reconstruction and relaunch of La Palma is achieved.

At the moment, it has been made available to the island 300 million euros, 214 of them from the central government, on an island of 83,500 inhabitants in which the Cabildo’s budget for 2021 is 125 million.

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