Authorities said that a 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattled La Palma, Spain’s Canary Islands. It was the strongest recorded earthquake since volcanic eruptions began 26-days ago.
According to Spain’s National Geographic Institute, the quake was one among around 60 that were recorded overnight. The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to spew fiery rivers and lava that are destroying everything they come across and dumping molten rock in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the La Palma government, the flow from three rivers of molten rocks grew to 1.7 km (about a mile).
Authorities claim that 640 hectares (1.580 acres) of hard, blacklava are now covered by the west side of the island. However, most of la Palma remains unaffected.
More than 1,500 buildings have been destroyed by the lava, but evacuations were prompt enough to avoid any casualties. More than 6 000 people were forced to leave their homes.
La Palma is a part of Spain’s Canary Islands. This archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Africa has a thriving economy that depends on tourism and cultivation of the Canary Plantain.