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El Hierro : Largest Earthquake Hits This Morning

Fri 11th Nov 2011

IGN scientists observing seismic and volcanic activity on the Island of El Hierro recorded the strongest earthquake to date in the current earthquake swarm - measuring some 4.6 on the richter scale. The activity was measured at a depth of 21km at 00.20 GMT, with an epicenter in the El Golfo bay, off the northern coast of the Island.

The tremors were felt as far away as La Palma and Tenerife, which has heightened concerns that any seismic activity on the former Island "could" have an effect on the Cumbre Vieja Volcano. Observers have concerns that a collapse of the Volcano would cause a landslide, which would in turn cause a tsunami that could potentially devastate much of the eastern seaboard of the US.

Sources on the island have reported that the only incident arising from the activity is a landslide which closed the HI1 road, which was closed for a number of hours until the debris could be cleared.

A further 21 earthquakes were recorded between 2.8 and 3.1 on the richter scale, all located off the coast of Frontera to the north of the Island, according the IGN.

Meanwhile, two beaches on the south of the island, Tacoron and Puerto Naos have been closed to the public due to a government worker being taken ill while measuring carbon dioxide levels.

The Youtube clip shows a graphical representation of how any seismic activity felt on La Palma could cause a potential Tsunami >>>

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

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