Threat of volcanic eruption puts Spanish island on alert

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MADRID (AP) — An earthquake swarm in Spain’s Canary Islands has put authorities on alert for a possible volcanic eruption. One official said Thursday there is “intense seismic activity” in the area off northwest Africa. Authorities have detected more than 4,200 temblors around La Palma island since last Saturday. An earthquake swarm is a cluster of quakes in one area during a short period and can indicate an approaching eruption. But officials said they had no indication an eruption was imminent, and a scientific committee monitoring the activity said that the number of tremors and their magnitude had fallen Thursday. La Palma has a population of around 85,000 people.

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