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El Hierro : Tunnel reopens but red alert remains

Thu 20th Oct 2011

The evacuated residents of La Restinga on the island of El Hierro will be allowed to return to their properties as from from 08:00 on Friday due to the decrease of seismic activity. However, the authorities will maintain surveillance 24 hours a day in the likelihood of activity returning and a further evacuation being necessarry. The Los Roquille tunnel will open between the hours of 08.00 ro 20.00.

For the time being schoolchildren have been moved from the village to study at the town of El Pinar closeby.

The Los Roquille tunnel will only be open during daylight hours to begin with, however it may be permitted to open throughout the night depending upon the developments over the coming days.

With regards to the evacuations at La Frontera, a technical committee comprising of teh El Hierro local council, The Canary Islands Regional Government and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) have assessed the situation and are due to inform the owners if they may return to their homes.

PEVOLCA also confirmed that the state of alert remains as 'red', and that this is likely to remain the case until data suggests that the eruptions are over.

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

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