Spain: La Palma volcano intensity remains high, new lava arm forms at coast

Volcanic activity of the erupting La Palma volcano remains high, as the seismic activity beneath the island increased in the last 24 hours, both in the number of earthquakes and in their magnitude.

According to the National Geographic Institute (IGN) 1 quake of magnitude 4.3, 30 quakes between 3.0 and 3.8, and 52 quakes between 2.0 and 2.9 were recorded in the past 24 hours.

The location of the quakes remains more or less the same, mostly at 10-15 km depth beneath the center of the volcano.

The volcano has been erupting for 3 weeks, during which it has by now covered more than 430 hectares of land and destroyed over a 1000 houses and other buildings.

At the vents, ash-rich fountaining and vigorous lava spattering continues to produce lava flows on the northwest flank of the cone, but more importantly, a significant ash and steam plume that forms a column rising 2-3 km and spreading along with the winds in various directions.

The ash plume has forced the closure of the airport and diversion of flights. Near the eruption site, the air quality has been worsening.

A new lava flow arm from the southern margin of the main flow continued to advance between and overlapped in the lava delta which had been created during the 1949 eruption, leaving an island of untouched land in between.