Earthquake and Volcano Watch – Canary Islands

Posted on October 2, 2011

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There’s a lot of earthquake and volcano activity at the moment so I will be doing a regular post (every day if there is something new to report) to keep you informed of the movers and shakers!

El Hierro in the Canary Islands continued to shake today, no doubt increasing fears about a possible volcanic eruption soon. The alert for El Hierro volcano has been raised to yellow, although the earthquakes are still pretty deep (10-16km). An increase in more shallow earthquakes in the near future could act as a forecast for an impending eruption.

A total of 50 earthquakes were felt today before 09.00hrs on El Hierro in the Canary Islands, reports the National Geographical Institute. Since the spate of tremors first struck earlier this week, the island has moved an estimated 3.5 centimetres. Most of the quakes – which now top 8,000, although the majority of which were not felt – took place in the town of Frontera at a depth of around 15 to 16 kilometres below ground. The majority are between 1.5 and 2.5 on the Richter scale, but the most intense this morning rose to 3.5. Recent reports suggest that with the increased activity below the fault line, the hitherto dormant volcanoes on the island may begin to come alive and possibly erupt.

Canary-Islands (Esp.) – Earthquake

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