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El Hierro Volcano Update : 27th November

Sun 27th Nov 2011

Scientists from the National Geographic Institute (IGN) have recorded a total of 5 earthquakes on the Canary Island of El Hierro since midnight.

Once again, the activities were centrered around the El Golfo bay area, off the coast of Fronter, to the North of the Island.

The Magnitudes varied from between 1.5 and 2.3 on the richter scale, with depths varying between 15 and 25kms which were not strong enough to be felt by the residents of the Island.

Meanwhile, on the south coast of the island, off the coast of La Restinga, yesterday's change to the underwater volcanic eruption continued. Residents reported two plumes of ash, steam and gas being emitted from the eruptions, with a large volume of pummice and magmatic rocks floating on the surface of the water.

Volcanologists call this phenomena 'Pyroclasts', which are essentially crusts which form on the surface of the cold water, containing traces of magmatic material as a result of gas bubbles. As soon as these bubbles hit the surface of the water the gases are released until the mass assumes a greater density than water and slowly begins to sink.

Today's Youtube clip shows footage of the eruptions, taken from a PEVOLCA helicopter earlier today >>>>

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

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