Volcano eruption fears as almost 300 earthquakes rock Spanish holiday hotspot

TENERIFE VOLCANO: Mount Teide and (inset) earthquakes recorded in the past ten days TENERIFE VOLCANO: Mount Teide and (inset) earthquakes recorded in the past ten days Shutterstock / IGN

MORE than 270 earthquakes have been recorded in just ten days near Spain’s Canary Islands raising fears of a volcanic eruption.

The quakes have struck near Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands where there is a huge submarine fault between the two islands.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute said the biggest recent quake reached a magnitude of 3.2 on the Richter scale at only about 35km from Puerto La Luz in Gran Canaria.

A report said the fault line has not been active in recent times, but it added, “What if it started spewing magma again? And what if it was reactivating the Teide volcano? That would be cataclysmic.”

The Mount Teide volcano on Tenerife sits nearby. The National Park draws three million visitors yearly and the volcano's 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. The last eruption was on November 18, 1909.

The government has been urged to step in amid calls for an urgent meeting to discuss why the quakes are happening again.

But Emilio Carreño from Spain’s National Geographic Institute, said the majority of earthquakes registered in the past few days have been of tectonic origin, and ‘are not usually associated with volcanology.’

Carreño pointed out that all earthquakes are reviewed, especially those in the Canary Islands, because “the situation of the islands makes precision in locating the source more difficult.”

He added: “Right now in the peninsula there are quite a few places where these series of quakes are being recorded.

“It is common during any single month to register between 100 and 600 earthquakes in areas like Jodar or in Jaen, which can experience between 400 and 500.”

Karl Smallman

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Comments (20)

  1. Canarian

There is nothing similar to any volcano eruption fear.
As posted before volcano activity is green and normal, and those micro earth tremors are that small that required specialized instruments to record them.

  Comment was last edited about 2 months ago by Karl Smallman Karl Smallman
  1. ACANVOL

Volcanic survelliance of the Canary Islands follows the guidelines of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). The monitoring program is of the highest international standards, and makes the...

Volcanic survelliance of the Canary Islands follows the guidelines of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). The monitoring program is of the highest international standards, and makes the Canary Islands a safe tourist destination. There is a Special Plan of Civil Protection and emergency response for volcanic risk in the Canary Islands (PEVOLCA) in place. The volcano alert level is in the GREEN position. This status means people can be confident to carry out their activities normally.

There is no increase in the level of volcanic alert level at Tenerife due to the recent seismic swarm between Tenerife and Gran Canaria. New reports that suggest otherwise have no basis in fact and are to be dismissed. INVOLCAN will continue to release all our scientific analysis of all types of volcanic activity in the Canary Islands.

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  1. ACANVOL

The seismometers are located across Tenerife and Gran Canaria as well as other Canary Islands, and act like a web of listening posts. In addition, monitoring ground deformation and the amount and type of gases constantly rising from volcanoes are...

The seismometers are located across Tenerife and Gran Canaria as well as other Canary Islands, and act like a web of listening posts. In addition, monitoring ground deformation and the amount and type of gases constantly rising from volcanoes are conducted by both permanent instrumental networks and regular ground-based and satellite surveys. Together these scientific monitoring and research activities combine to give authorities an excellent view of what is happening underneath the Canary Islands.

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  1. ACANVOL

CANARY ISLANDS VOLCANOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATUS REPORT
(Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10:45 UTC)

TEIDE VOLCANO (VNUM # 383030)
Current Volcano Alert Level: GREEN

The seismic activity at Tenerife is normal

The Canary Islands are considered an active...

CANARY ISLANDS VOLCANOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATUS REPORT
(Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10:45 UTC)

TEIDE VOLCANO (VNUM # 383030)
Current Volcano Alert Level: GREEN

The seismic activity at Tenerife is normal

The Canary Islands are considered an active volcanic region, and also an attractive tourist destination, partly because of the volcanism which has built them. It is normal for these active volcanic systems to produce small earthquakes. They are so small, only sensitive instruments, called seismometers, can detect them.

Seismic swarms are clusters of these tiny earthquakes together in time. They are common in active volcanic áreas, even during quiescent periods, as the one recorded from April 29 to May 3, 2018, between Tenerife and Gran Canaria islands by the seismometers of the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (INVOLCAN)

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  1. Eric

db - I believe you are referring to Cumbre Vieja on La Palma. Of course any landslide into water will do it but the huge one I think that you are talking about is the one that will come from La Palma.

 
  1. jash

That is indeed the one. I'm surprised they failed to mention that.

 
  1. laserman

American conservatives are anxious for a massive tsunami to wipe out all the liberal east-coast cities and send them out miles into the Atlantic Ocean! Take NYC, NJ, CT, RI, MA!!!
Can't wait!

 
  1. will thomas

yes it is

 
  1. mortimerzilch

this location presents a real danger of Tsunami for the East Coast of the United States...underwater there is a lot of old hard lava that can be dislodged and create a massive underwater rock slide and tsunami..... QUESTION: does the East Coast...

this location presents a real danger of Tsunami for the East Coast of the United States...underwater there is a lot of old hard lava that can be dislodged and create a massive underwater rock slide and tsunami..... QUESTION: does the East Coast of the USA have a tsunami warning system in place....I don't think it does.

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  1. jim heath

Seismic activity has increased dramatically Globally, is this down to C02? make yourself aware of what's going on folks. 'Oh why do I waste my breath.

 
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