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El Hierro `Stain´ now covers 34 hectares

Tue 8th Nov 2011

The Ramon Margaleff Oceanographic research vessel has returned to the area surrounding the underwater volcanic eruption off the coast of La Restinga, El Hierro. Scientists on board are believed to be analysing the composition of the gases and mapping the seabed around the vents to assess the current state of the eruption.

Back on the Island, the National Geographic Institute (IGN) monitored a total of 15 earthquakes overnight, measuring between 1.5 and 2.8 magnitude on the scale Richter.

The largest of the earthquakes was recorded at the opposite, Northern side of the Island, at 04.58 hours and had a magnitude of 2.8 degrees, in the northwest of the town of Frontera and at a depth of 20km.

The other earthquakes occurred to the northwest of Frontera, between 10 and 24 kilometers deep, with the most recent occurring at a magnitude of 1.9 magnitude and at a depth of 07.43 hours and at a depth of 17 km.

Meanwhile, the `Deimos-1'Spanish research satellite observing the Island has recorded that the eruptive stain now has an approximate diameter of 650 mts and covers an area of ​​34 hectares (0.34 million square meters).

Mary's recent Youtube post gives a thorough review of yesterday's activity (bearing in mind she is working in EST as opposed to GMT) >>>

Yesterday a total of 65 earthquakes were recorded between, the strongest being measured at 06.19 at 3.0 on the richter scale off the coast of Frontera and at a depth of 21km.

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

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