Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain, Nov 13 (EFE).- A man was found dead on Saturday in his house in the Corazoncillo neighborhood on the Spanish island of La Palma where a volcanic eruption has been underway for nearly two months.
The man had been missing since Friday and police are investigating whether he died from a fall while cleaning ashes on his rooftop.
If this were to be the cause of death, the man would be the first to die as a consequence of the Cumbre Vieja eruption.
A magnitude 5 earthquake shook the island of La Palma Saturday morning.
According to the National Geographic Institute the earthquake took place at 6:56am in Villa de Mazo and was recorded 38 kilometers deep.
This was one of the strongest earthquakes registered on the island since the Cumbre Vieja volcano started erupting on 19 September.
Residents of Los Llanos de Aridane municipality have been denied access to the coastal area due to dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide SO2 in the air caused by the eruption.
The local mayor advised residents to stay indoors or wear protective face masks when leaving the house. EFE