Earthquake and Volcano Watch – El Hierro Eruptions

Posted on October 13, 2011

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VALVERDE, Spain — Two new volcanic eruptions were confirmed on Wednesday near Spain’s El Hierro island in the Canaries, where 500 people spent another night outside their homes after being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

“I confirm the existence of two points of volcanic eruption at El Hierro,” Laura Otero, a spokeswoman for the local authorities, told AFP, adding that there were dead fish and a strong odour of sulfur at both sites.

The head of emergency services in the Canaries, Juan Manuel Santana, said in a statement that “the two points are located at two nautical miles and 1.5 miles southwest of (the village of) La Restinga”.

The first eruption occurred at a depth of 700 metres (2,300 feet) and the other at a depth of 200 metres (655 feet).

He said the eruptions “resulted in two stains on the sea surface where there are dead fish and a strong odour of sulfur.”

Some 500 residents and tourists were evacuated from the village of La Restinga as a precautionary measure on Tuesday after a 4.3-magnitude quake the previous day, the first volcanic euption in the Canaries in 40 years.

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