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Seismic swarm in Spain: more than 1,500 tremors, including one of magnitude 3.9, have been recorded in the Canary Islands

A total of 1,570 earthquakes, including one of magnitude 3.9, have been registered since last Saturday in the southern part of the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), reported this Tuesday the National Geographic Institute (IGN).

The agency, which is monitoring the seismic swarm, Indian 354 of them have already been located. He also explained that the depth of the telluric movements remains between 8 and 13 kilometers.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) active this Monday the yellow traffic light in the Cumbre Vieja natural park due to the increase in earthquakes in the area.

More than 40 earthquakes in a single night: what is a seismic swarm and why does it occur in southern Spain

This level it means that the information to the population be intensified, as well as the measures of surveillance and monitoring of volcanic and seismic activity. However, the current activity does not imply a greater risk for the population.

From the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcán) to consider that this swarm represents “A significant change” in the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, detailing that it is related to a magmatic intrusion process within the island’s crust.

The Pevolca Scientific Committee reported that, since 2017, an anomalous seismic activity has been registered in the south of La Palma, which since last year has increased due to eight seismic swarms, a series of earthquakes concentrated in the same place.

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