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El Hierro Volcano Update : 8th & 9th December

Fri 9th Dec 2011

Scientists from Spainīs National Geological Institute (IGN) who are observing the recent seismic and volcanic activity on the Canary Island of El Hierro have recorded just 4 Earthquakes over the course of the last 48 Hours (12.00 hrs Wednesday - 12.00 hrs Friday GMT).

The activities continue to be centered in and around the El Golfo bay area, off the coast of the town of Frontera, on the northern side of the island.

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The activities recorded had magnitudes of between 1.6 and 2.0 on the richter scale, and the depths were recorded as varying between 17 to 23 kms.

Meanwhile, to the South of the Island off the coast of La Restinga, the underwater Volcanic vents in the Las Calmas bay are continuing to erupt. Smouldering Pyroclastic rocks continue to be brought to the surface.

PEVOLCA have also issued a statement which maintains a red state of alert for the are immediately surrounding the vents, although a coridor has been opened up to allow boats in and out of the harbour at La Restinga and along parts of the coastline. Recent data has also placed the location of the vent at between 140 to 160 mts below the surface of the jacuzzi.

This morningīs Youtube clip shows footage taken from the webcam over looking the eruption yesterday. You can see the stain, with the smoke and steam being produced as the volcanic rocks are being produced on the surface >>>

Read further news stories about the El Hierro Volcano by clicking the link HERE .