Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes La Palma

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Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes La Palma
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Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes La Palma again.

La Palma has been hit by a staggering 40 earthquakes since midnight. The population have only felt four of them though.

The magnitude 5 earthquake shook La Palma in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The night on the volcanic island had been a relatively peaceful one with only 40 quakes.

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Residents on the island woke to one of the strongest quakes that have been recorded since September 19. This is when the Cumbre Vieja volcano began to erupt.

Data from the National Geographic Institute (IGN), revealed that the epicentre was in the municipality of Mazo. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 36 kilometres. The initial report suggests that the tremor was between magnitude IV and V. This is one of the highest recorded in some time.

According to VolcanoDiscovery: “Spain’s Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Spain near Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma Island, Canary Islands”.


The site added: “The earthquake hit in the morning on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at 7:27 am local time at a shallow depth of 26 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.”

It appears that the depth has been revised already.


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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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