La-Palma Island: Spain


    In News

    • Recently, a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma has led to mass evacuation of around 5000 people.
    • The volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years .

    About La-Palma

    Image Courtesy: IMO

    • La Palma is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. 
    • Its rugged, forested terrain is dotted with volcanoes like Teneguía and Cumbre Vieja. 
    • It’s geography is a result of a volcanic formation and has an area of 708 square kilometres making it the fifth largest of the eight main Canary Islands.
    • Its highest mountain is the Roque de los Muchachos, at 2,423 metres being second among the peaks of the Canaries only to the peaks of the Teide massif on Tenerife.
    • Capital: Santa Cruz de la Palma.

    Location of Canary Islands 

    • The Canary archipelago(group of islands) is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1300 km South from mainland Spain and 115 km West from the African coast (Morocco).
    •  It includes 7 islands belonging to Spain, among which La Palma (in the North-West of the archipelago), Tenerife and Gran Canaria (central).
    • Despite its distance from Europe, Canaries are an important tourist attraction, served by many connections.