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Spain: a volcano erupted on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands

The volcano on the island of La Palma, in Spain, began to erupt after a week of seismic activity, Spanish scientists said Sunday. The Spanish state broadcaster TVE showed plumes of black and white smoke that rise from a point on the volcanic summit of the island.

The Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands reported the eruption.

The authorities they ordered the evacuation of residents with reduced mobility in towns near the center of seismic activity as a preventive measure. Some will be hosted at a military outpost on the island.

On Saturday there was an earthquake of magnitude 3.2 and Sunday one of 3.8 and the scientific committee of the Plan for the Prevention of Volcanic Risk in the Canary Islands said that it was “probable the occurrence of earthquakes felt of greater intensity, which can damage buildings.” The expert committee also warned of the risk of landslides in an area of the southwest coast of the Atlantic island.

Emergency services were ordered to be prepared to evacuate about 1,000 people if necessary, authorities said.

La Palma has been on alert for a week, after geologists reported this week of a buildup of molten rock under Cumbre Vieja, a dormant volcanic mountain range near the southern tip of the island. Its last eruption was in 1971.

Geologists have been tracking the accumulation of a “swarm of earthquakes” around La Palma for a week. An earthquake swarm is a group of earthquakes in an area over a short period and can indicate an impending eruption.

Before a volcano erupts, there is a gradual increase in seismic activity that can build up over an extended period.

Volcanic alerts are announced according to the level of risk on a color scale, with green, yellow, orange and red levels. The current yellow level requires residents in a danger zone to be prepared to evacuate. He also asks neighbors to report gas, ash, etc. sightings to the emergency services. changes in water level or small tremors.

La Palma, which has 85,000 inhabitants, is one of the eight islands of the Canary archipelago. At their closest point in Africa, they are 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Morocco.

Volcanic alerts are announced according to the level of risk on a color scale, with green, yellow, orange and red levels. The current yellow level requires residents in a danger zone to be prepared to evacuate. It also asks neighbors to report gas, ash, water level changes or small tremors to the emergency services.

Source: EFE and AP

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