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Further earthquakes and volcanic activity returns to El Hierro

Sun 23rd Oct 2011

The volcanic activity on the island of El Hierro has shown new signs of activity this morning, with bubbles on the surface of the ocean changing in colour.

Last night scientists also recorded around 50 new earthquakes between 24 and 16 miles deep, and with a magnitude of between 2 and 2.6 on the richter scale.

Bubbles have returned to the surface of the Las Calmas bay after appearing to decrease on Friday, with a change to their colour which may indicate a different phase in the eruptive activity. The Security General Directorate has decided that the Emergency and Rescue Group have made a number of inspection flights over the island, but are yet to make any official statement to confrm their opinion.

Earlier thsi morning the Ramon Margalef research ship from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography arrived at the island in order to take samples from the Las Calmas area and to analyse changes in the underwater volcanic activity.

Whilst the residents of the town of El Hierro are anxious that an further evacuatuion may be forced upon them, Scientists report that changes such as reported ar quite normal and to be expected in activity such as this.

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

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