Fault in La Palma

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Fault in La Palma

One flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano , Canary Island of La Palma , has begun to move towards the ocean, and its fall whose date is defined.

More recently , new systems of cracks developed on the western flank of the volcano, suggesting that Cumbre Vieja is dividing the west side and moving towards the sea to bulge and threatening to fracture.

Coming to do at all, fall into the sea a giant mass of a volume of at least 200 cubic kilometres, but it could become more than 500 cubic kilometres.

The University of California, indicates that the waves that result from the impact of such a piece of land from the sea surface would retain a significant proportion of energy derived from this impact, spreading beyond the Canary Islands to the United States, Europe and Brazil, affecting a total of 100 million people.

The computer model predicts that, between 6 and 9 hours after the collapse of Cumbre Vieja waves with a height of about 50 meters, would be hitting the west coast of the Atlantic.

Repeated eruptions occur at intervals of decades, but still, experts predict that the rupture could occur even within 5,000 years, but warn that it could be much sooner.

The computer model used for the study published in 2001, the collapse would begin after an alleged eruption after days of deformations and earthquakes.

By Francisco Javier PŽrez PŽrez (11)

Student at CEIP Mariela C‡ceres PŽrez

Los Llanos de Aridane La Palma