In just 48 hours, La Palma has been shocked by dozens of earthquakes (almost 40). Now, there are concerns that La Palma valcano could blow that could spark a mega tsunami which would affect Spain as well as Britain and the US east coast. All the earthquakes were measured between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale.
Scientists Have Issued A Warning
Scientists have warned if the huge volcano erupts, it will collapse into the sea, sparking a mile-high tidal wave. According to data from the National Geographic Institute, the biggest out of the 40 earthquakes was recorded at 1 pm on Saturday, measuring 2.7 magnitude.
This Kind Of Swarm Situation Has Never Recorded
Director of the National Geographic Institute on the island, Maria José Blanco said:
“The island has “never recorded a similar swarm” and although the energy levels are low and very deep, it is different from the seismic activity they have recorded so far.”
Panic Across The 86,000 Residents
This news has sparked panic across 86,000 thousand Spanish citizens. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1971 but La Palma is considered to be the most active island in the archipelago.
Experts believe that the volcano is in the initial stages of failure, meaning a big enough eruption could cause a massive landslide to enter the Atlantic Ocean. 600m high waves gets trigger and it travels at around 450mph, meaning the African coast would be submerged within an hour. In three and a half hours, the southern coastlines of the British Isles would be drowned.