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La Palma Volcano

Updated: Apr 20, 2024 08:54 GMT -
shield volcano 2426 m
Canary Islands, 28.58°N / -17.84°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 3 Jun 2022
Eruption of La Palma's Cumbre Vieja in Sep 2021 (image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption of La Palma's Cumbre Vieja in Sep 2021 (image: Tom Pfeiffer)

The 47-km-long wedge-shaped island of La Palma, the NW-most of the Canary Islands, is composed of two large volcanic centers.

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Typical eruption style: effusive
La Palma volcano eruptions: 2021 (Sep - ongoing), 1971, 1949, 1712, 1677-1678, 1646, 1585

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance / Location
Apr 15, 04:11 am (Canary)
1.7

5.2 km
6.4 km (4 mi) to the NW Canary Islands, Spain Region
Info
Sunday, April 7, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Apr 7, 07:05 pm (Canary)
1.6

16 km
1.5 km (1 mi) to the N 10.6 km southeast of Los Llanos de Aridane, Spain
Info
Saturday, April 6, 2024 GMT (2 quakes)
Apr 7, 12:58 am (Canary)
1.7

0.6 km
5.5 km (3.4 mi) to the NW 6 km southeast of Los Llanos de Aridane, Spain
Info
Apr 7, 12:57 am (Canary)
1.7

0 km
5.1 km (3.2 mi) to the NW 7.1 km southeast of Los Llanos de Aridane, Spain
Info

Background

The older 2426-m-high northern one is cut by the massive steep-walled Caldera Taburiente, one of several massive collapse scarps produced by edifice failure to the SW. The younger 1949-m-high Cumbre Vieja, the southern volcano, is one of the most active in the Canaries. The elongated volcano dates back to about 125,000 years ago and is oriented N-S. Eruptions during the past 7000 years have originated from the abundant cinder cones and craters along the axis of Cumbre Vieja, producing fissure-fed lava flows that descend steeply to the sea. Historical eruptions at La Palma, recorded since the 15th century, have produced mild explosive activity and lava flows that damaged populated areas. The southern tip of the island is mantled by a broad lava field produced during the 1677-1678 eruption. Lava flows also reached the sea in 1585, 1646, 1712, 1949, and 1971.

La Palma Volcano Photos

Latest satellite images

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Tue, 8 Feb 2022, 00:57

La Palma volcano update: digital surface model of new cone

New DSM of the cone at La Palma volcano (image: INVOLCAN/INGV)
The volcanology institute INVOLCAN in collaboration with INGV Catania published a preliminary digital surface model (DSM) of the new cone as shown in the picture. Read all
Sat, 25 Dec 2021, 21:30

La Palma volcano update: eruptive episode ended after almost three months

Degassing activity at La Palma volcano on 19 Dec (image: INVOLCAN/twitter)
The Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) volcano observatory confirmed that the activity at the volcano ended on 13 December at 22:21 local time. ... Read all

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