Spain: Inner cone of La Palma volcano collapses on itself

The main cone on the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma has collapsed, triggering lava to overflow the main vent on the erupting volcano.

A strong 4.8 magnitude earthquake was also recorded, with it being felt in Tenerife, El Hierro and also La Gomera.

Located at a depth of 34 kilometres and with its epicentre in the Villa de Mazo area, it’s the latest strong quake on the island. However scientists still attribute the activity to magma moving towards the main eruption site.

Meanwhile the agency monitoring the volcanic activity announced that sensors in the Los Llanos area has detected an increase in ground deformation of around 10cm.

This change in height is expected to bring with it an increase in activity on the eruptive areas, with warnings of an increase in volumes of lava flows in the coming days

The Government of the Canary Islands said the column of ash and gases being emitted by the volcano has now reached an altitude of 3,800 metres. It also points out that the meteorological conditions currently show a good quality of air and can help to restore normal operations at La Palma airport.