The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to expel lava. / REUTERS

La Palma registers more than 130 earthquakes in eight-hour period

The area affected by lava flows from the volcano is now estimated at 1,134 hectares and the latest data places the number of destroyed buildings at 1,548

EUROPA PRESS

Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded more than 130 earthquakes on La Palma between midnight and 8.32am this Wednesday morning, 1 December. The highest had a magnitude of 4, with intensity IV, with its epicentre in Fuencaliente some 11 kilometres deep.

The latest report from the National Security Directorate (DSN) indicates that the eruption of the volcano continues to show “episodes of increase and decrease in strombolian activity, combining explosive phases with pyroclastic deposits with effusive phases, with the emission of lava flows.” Currently the molten magma is flowing mainly above the existing lava deposits.

The air quality, in general, is good and the winds are dispersing the ash and gases in a south-westly direction. The situation is described as 'favourable' for flights.

The area affected by lava flows is now estimated at 1,134 hectares and the latest data places the number of destroyed buildings at 1,548.