The Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma erupted last September and now a series of tremors around the symbol of the Canary Island has been detected
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tourists on the Canarian island from La Palma were asked not to panic after scientists had registered a new earthquake swarm.
The Canary Islands volcano institute, INVOLCAN, confirmed that a series of tremors have been detected around Cumbre Vieja volcano since Thursday, causing massive damage during a three-month eruption.
“As of Thursday 7:01 p.m., the Canarian Seismic Network operated by INVOLCAN has been recording a swarm of long-term seismic events at Cumbre Vieja Volcano. So far, more than 60 small events located at depths of about 10-13 km have been recorded,” the organization confirmed.
But afterwards, scientists took to their Twitter page to ask people on the island not to be alarmed.
“These long-duration seismic events do not reflect a process of magmatic intrusion, but rather a release of hydrothermal fluids caused by the cooling of the magmatic chamber,” they tweeted.
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One of the quakes measured 2.9 on the Richter scale and was felt in the tourist resort of Fuencaliente in the south of the island. The earthquake was recorded yesterday at 7:21 p.m. at a depth of 28 kilometers. Minutes earlier there was a magnitude 2.1 tremor, also in Fuencaliente, and two others of magnitude 2 in Mazo and Fuencaliente.
The National Geographic Institute is said to be “vigilant” about this “replay” of seismic activity because in a short time frame between ten and twelve were recorded, some of very small magnitude that do not appear in the automated system.
According to Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos, there have been similar seismic swarms since the eruption officially ended on December 25 last year after beginning on September 19.
“The normal thing is that there are spikes in activity for some time,” the institute told the newspaper.
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The erupting volcano sends out streams of red-hot lava for nearly three months, engulfing more than 2,500 properties and destroying farms and orchards before pouring into the ocean. Around 6,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes and many were unable to return.
Today the island government of La Palma confirmed that there are still about 400 people in tourist hotels and confirmed that there seems to be a certain disharmony between them and holidaymakers.
“For this government group, people will always come first and it is clear that a hotel room is not a place to live permanently and many families have been there since the end of September, so it is necessary to work with them in a way that allows them to live autonomously win back,” said Social Affairs Minister Nieves Hernandez.
The Cabildo de La Palma confirmed that three months after the end of the outbreak, “many of the people housed in the hotels are at risk, some of them suffering from mental health problems, physical deterioration or poor health, which shows the different rhythms of living together in these resources. “
“On the one hand, there are those who will continue to share sheltered common spaces with their families, and on the other hand, there will be those who will enjoy the benefits of hotels with a different connotation,” the statement said.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/tourists-la-palma-told-dont-26554783 Tourists on La Palma said "don't panic" when a new swarm of earthquakes was discovered near the volcano