La Palma volcano update: First quake above magnitude 5 while lava activity is strong

Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 06:49
06:49 AM | BY: T
Seismic trace of the magnitude 5.1 quake under La Palma this morning
Seismic trace of the magnitude 5.1 quake under La Palma this morning
Activity at the volcano with bright glow from the vents and lava flows all the way to the coast can be seen from Tazacorte (image: TAD server, EU Commission webcam)
Activity at the volcano with bright glow from the vents and lava flows all the way to the coast can be seen from Tazacorte (image: TAD server, EU Commission webcam)
Half an hour ago, the island was shaken by a strong magnitude 5.1 quake at 39 km depth beneath the center of Cumbre Vieja at 7.24 a.m. local time. This is the strongest-so-far tremor since the start of the seismic crisis and volcanic eruption in September.
While volcanic tremor is very high and bright glow from the eruption site indicates that activity also is elevated, this quake could mean that yet another pulse of magma from a deep source is under way; if so, activity might increase in the course of the day.

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