La Palma island

La Palma island

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Caption: La Palma island, satellite image. North is at top. La Palma is a volcanic island in the Canary Islands. This archipelago is part of Spain, and lies over 100 kilometres west of northern Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. La Palma is dominated by its large central crater, Caldera de Taburiente. Numerous other craters can be seen running down the centre of the lower part of the island. Geological studies of the island have revealed that a major eruption could cause the northwestern part of the island to slip into the sea, which could generate an enormous tsunami (called a megatsunami). This would cross the Atlantic Ocean in a few hours and lay waste to eastern North America.

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