Spain: La Palma experiences 5.1 magnitude earthquake, the largest since the eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano

La Palma has experienced the largest earthquake since the beginning of the volcano eruption, measuring 5.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale.

A 24-hour monitoring volcanic surveillance network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded a total of 42 earthquakes last night associated with the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

A dozen of the earthquakes measured magnitudes greater than 3 magnitude.

On Saturday, at 7:24am there was an earthquake of 5.1 magnitude, the maximum magnitude recorded since the volcanic crisis began. It was located to the southwest of the municipality of Villa de Mazo at a depth of 39 km.

This tremor was felt by many in La Palma, but it has also spread to the nearest islands. The population of La Gomera, El Hierro and Tenerife also felt it.

Another earthquake that occurred at 4:36am with a magnitude 4.1 magnitude stands out, with an epicentre at 37 km depth, again, southwest of Mazo. This tremor was felt with an intensity of III-IV on the EMS scale in almost the entire island and also in San Sebastian de La Gomera.

Other earthquakes of magnitudes 3.0, 3.3 and 3.7 were also felt.

Yesterday, October 29, 186 earthquakes were recorded.

Flows of molten rock from the Cumbre Vieja volcano itself have caused the evacuations of about 7,500 people and destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, mostly homes.

The rivers of lava cover over 2,200 acres of mostly farmland.

No deaths have resulted from the eruption. Other than in an area on the island’s western side, life continues as normal for La Palma’s 85,000 residents except for having to clean up volcanic ash.

The last eruption on the island, in 1971, lasted 24 days. Its longest, in 1949, lasted 47 days.