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Updated: Feb 27

La Palma's Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption of 1971

Teneguía is a monogenetic cinder cone–a volcanic vent which has been active once and has had further seismic activity. It is situated on the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, and is located at the southern end of the sub-aerial section of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, of which Teneguía is just one of many vents. The eruption was mainly strombolian in style. Lava was also erupted, and the streams reached the sea by the southeastern coast. Seismic activity did occur before and during the 1971 eruption but was not on the scale associated with the 1949 eruption. Residual thermal emissions continue.

This vent was the source of a subaerial volcanic eruption in Spain, which occurred from October 26 to November 28, 1971. Earthquakes preceded the eruption. A tourist died as a result of severe intoxication caused by gas inhalation near the volcano after breaking the security cordon established to protect the population. The eruption caused some property damage to roads, crops, and homes. It also destroyed a beach, though a new one was later formed by natural means. Densely populated zones were not affected. The vent has since become an attraction for tourists and forms part of the Monumento Natural de Los Volcanes de Teneguía.

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