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Fears Spainish volcano will Erupt

There are fears the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands could be on the verge of erupting and The Emergency Committee has been scrambled after TWO earthquakes in Spain.



The latest tremors in October have sparked panic across the La Palma's 86,000 residents, with volcano experts labelling the tremor activity as "a seismic swarm".

Experts have warned if the huge volcano erupts, it will collapse into the sea – sparking a mile-high tidal wave that would engulf Spain, Britain and the east coast of the US, Daily Star reported

The Canary holiday island of La Palma has recorded dozens of mini-earthquakes over the weekend, scientists report. 

More than 40 tremors were recorded in just 48 hours, all between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale.

However, the earthquakes took place at such depth under the sea that residents on the island did not feel them.

 In the following hours, another ten tremors were recorded, taking the total of mini-earthquakes until Tuesday to 50, according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN). 

La Palma is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, and is home to some 86,000 people - a population which increases significantly during tourist season.

Like the other Canary Islands, La Palma is volcanic and is considered the most 'active' in the archipelago.

 The most recent eruption on the island, which saw the Cumbre Vieja - 'Old Summit' - volcano erupt, took place in 1971. 

A scientific team is on the island keeping track of the tremors while the Government of the Canary Islands has had to activate Pevolca, an emergency committee monitoring volcanic phenomena.



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