SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, in application of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk (Pevolca), keeps the island of La Palma in a situation of alert and the volcanic traffic light in yellow after verifying that although a decrease in seismic activity is maintained, the process continues and may have a rapid evolution in the short term.
Overall, a low seismicity is maintained, although from 04.00 a.m., after the occurrence of a magnitude 3.2 earthquake with intensity III, an intensification of seismicity begins with numerous earthquakes with events located both at depths of 6-8 km, as superficial (0-2 km).
As already indicated in the previous bulletins, the occurrence of felt earthquakes of greater intensity is likely, which can cause damage to buildings. They can also cause rockfalls in the surroundings of Puerto Naos (from La Bombilla to El Remo).
In addition, the deformations are still ongoing, maintaining the speed of yesterday, being compatible with a source of surface deformation.
The beginning of other phenomena observable on the surface (changes in temperature, odor and color of the water, anomalous behavior of animals, etc.) cannot be ruled out. Citizens are requested to notify the authorities of any anomaly they observe.
For all the above, it is recommended to keep the volcanic traffic light in yellow in the Cumbre Vieja area, and it cannot be ruled out that it will intensify in the short term.
The traffic light will be revised in line with the evolution of the process. Continuous monitoring of activity has been strengthened and any significant changes observed will be reported. The General Directorate recommends that the population be attentive to the information provided by the corresponding Civil Protection authorities.