The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located this afternoon a 4.9 magnitude earthquake in the area near Villa de Mazo (La Pama), locating its epicenter 38 kilometers deep. The tremor has been clearly perceived by the population, since it is the Largest earthquake since the volcanic eruption began from La Palma on September 19.
This earthquake occurred at 4:34 p.m., surpassing the one that occurred at first, which reached a magnitude of 4.3. From that moment the IGN has located 30, of which a dozen have exceeded magnitude 3. At the moment the intensity has not been assigned on the Richter scale, in the absence of comparing the points where it has been felt and with what force. Until this one, the largest earthquake had been a 4.8 earthquake located three days ago also in Mazo with an epicenter at a depth of 39 kilometers.
The scientific committee of Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) has been warning for several days of the possibility of earthquakes of intensity VI, considered “slightly harmful”. In these cases, small objects can fall, furniture can move and sometimes plates and glasses can break, as well as damage of various degrees to buildings.
At the moment there have not been any tremors of intensity VI on La Palma. The maximum has been V.