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Spain Sees Return of Earthquake Swarm After 2 Years

Source: IGN - Mon 23rd Dec 2013
Spain Sees Return of Earthquake Swarm After 2 Years

More than 2 years since the start of the earthquake swarm of the Canary Island of El Hierro, activities over the last 24 hours seem to have entered a new phase.

Back in the Summer of 2011 Spain's National Geological Institute (IGN) reported an increased frequency of seismic activity towards the South and West of the Island, which resulted in volcanic magma rising to the surface of the Ocean bed off the coast of la Restinga, and the creation of a subterranean volcano.

The so-called swarm finally subsided (although activities never totally ceased) around 12 months later.

Until today, that is....

Although the occasional small earthquake is not unusual in the area, over the course of the last 24 hours the IGN have reported in excess of 75 activities having taken place on or around the island.

The majority of these activities have so far taken place to the North and West of El Pinar and have ranged between 1.2 and 2.6 on the Richter scale, and at depths of between 13 and 19kms.

With less than 1% of the 3'000 plus activities in the 2011 earthquake swarm being felt, this caused little panic or inconvenience to residents of the island, however as of 17:00 GMT 6 such activities have been experienced today alone.

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