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Madrid (AP) —People on the island of La Palma, Spain, continued to be vigilant on Sunday about possible volcanic eruptions as government officials warned of an earthquake that could damage buildings.
According to government experts, the eruption is not yet imminent, but the quake is intensifying near the surface of an island in the Canary Islands.
A magnitude 3.2 quake was recorded on Saturday, and the Scientific Committee on the Volcanic Risk Prevention Program said stronger quakes were “sensitive and could damage buildings.” A committee of scientific experts also signaled the spread of the southwest coast of the Atlantic island on the danger of rockfall.
La Palma has been vigilant this week after geologists have reported that melted rocks have deposited beneath the ridge of a dormant volcano near the southern tip of the island, Kumbrevieha. Its last eruption was in 1971.
Volcano warnings are announced according to the level of risk and rise in green, yellow, orange and red. At the current yellow level, residents in the danger zone need to be prepared to evacuate. Residents are also required to report to paramedics if they witness gas, ash, water level changes, or small tremors.
La Palma, with a population of 85,000, is one of eight islands in the Canary Islands. At the closest point to Africa, they are 100 km (60 miles) from Morocco.
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