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El Hierro Volcano : the latest

Wed 28th Sep 2011

Concerns are growing that the El Hierro volcano could soon erupt following an increase in seismic activity under the island over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

More than 150 separate tremors were recorded yesterday prompting officials to evacuate a total of 53 residents in La Frontera, due to a risk of landslides, and close the main tunnel between la Frontera and Valverde on the Island as well as schools.

More than 20 of these earthquakes measured in excess of 3.0 on the Richter Scale in the last 24 hours alone, with one reaching 3.4 being recorded just off the southern coast of the Island early this morning.

An evacuation plan is also underway to relocate the Island's 10'000 residents to other Canary Islands, with two units of the Spanish military's emergency intervention unit (EMU) closely monitoring the situation.

The Regional Government of the Canary Islands commissioned a detailed geological survey of El Hierro earlier this month in an effort to understand the causes of the recent earthquake swarm, and raised the volcanic risk level to ‘Yellow' over the weekend, the highest alert status since the earthquake swarm began almost two months ago.

As of this morning, more than 8,250 earthquakes and tremors have been recorded , with the majority measuring between 1 and 3 on the richter scale. However, over recent days more of them have begun to register between 2 and 4 and are occurring at depth of 14-17km, as opposed to the 16-20 km depth previously recorded.

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

Comment on this Story

If El-Hierro has a major eruption the tsunami will counter rotate the Earth. And the Sun will go backwards : Revelations
Steve Lang - Fri, 4th May 2012

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