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Further Seismic Activity Under El Hierro Volcano

Tue 27th Sep 2011

Since mid June Volcanologists and Seismologists agree that there has been 8'072 detected earthquakes and tremors detected underneath the volcanic island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands.

Over 30 such tremors occurred on on Monday alone, however, none were as strong as the quake measuring 3.4 on the richter scale over the course of the weekend.

In fact, of all 8'072 quakes registered, just 9 were actually felt by the residents of the tiny island and would hardly be likely to cause panic in an area that is well known for such subterranean activity.

Over 98% of the tremors were less than 2.0 on the richter scale and recorded at a depth of between 9 and 16km and have been explained as resulting from the movement of magma and volcanic gases, which rarely reach the surface from such a depth.

Nevertheless, the Island's Minister of Security and Emergencies has declared a yellow alert, and the Regional Government of the Canary Islands will closely monitor the situation and issue a report of its findings weekly.

However, one resident of the Island in touch with Tumbit reports how life on the Island hasn't changed much since the earthquake swarm began: "They put out a yellow alert for hot weather, rain, wind, high waves, etc... Not many people here are seriously worried, it is just a talking point, which we wouldn't have known about, had not more sophisticated equipment been installed."

Those following the situation may be interested to see the 4D video clip attached, which plots the exact location of the various quakes and tremors underneath the Island since the start of July.

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