Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN) has registered a total of 49 earthquakes since Tuesday midnight, this Wednesday (3 November) including a magnitude 5, one of the strongest since the eruption of the volcano on the island of La Palma began some weeks ago. It was registered at 6.27am and located some 35 kilometres with an intensity IV and felt throughout the island.
Another with a magnitude 4.8 and intensity IV-V has also been recorded, in Mazo, and it was felt in some points of the neighbouring Canary islands of Tenerife and La Gomera.
The erupting volcano continues to emit a huge volume of ash that covers the entire west and northwest sector of the island and it is accompanied by audible explosions. Due to this high level of ash, classes have been suspended in the schools in El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Puntagorda and Tijarafe.
The presence of high levels of sulphur dioxide on the island has also caused the La Palma council to halt the collection of household items from the areas that were evacuated because of the eruption. Likewise, in the municipalities of El Paso, the Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte, the population has been recommended to stay indoors and, if they do go outside, to use FFP2 face masks.
The ash cloud is causing problems with the operation of La Palma airport, and it may also affect the airspace between La Palma, La Gomera and the west of Tenerife.
For now, the molten is mainly moving over old flows or through underground tubes without registering significant advances or widening of the volcanic lava ‘tongues’.