American TV blunder puts La Palma volcano in Murcia

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American TV blunder puts La Palma volcano in Murcia
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American TV blunder puts La Palma volcano in Spain’s Murcia.

One America TV channel slipped up when reporting on the La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands. The blunder was soon spotted and shared across social media. Many people were amused at the mix-up.

America’s CBS reported on the volcano eruption. They showed a clip zooming in on a world map. The map though zoomed in on the Spanish mainland municipality of Cartagena with the same name.

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This is the first time Murcia has been accused of having an erupting volcano. The US network CBS aired the blunder on Tuesday, October 26.

The TV network was sharing the latest information regarding the Cumbre Vieja de La Palma volcano with their viewers.

The US journalist reporting on the story though had a better knowledge of geography. They commented: “many people on this volcanic island have lost everything”.


The mistake of placing the La Palma volcano on the Iberian peninsula has gone viral.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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