Intensifying seismic and volcanic activity lifts Canary Island

June 29, 2012CANARY ISLANDS - Following days of almost continual earthquakes, residents of the small Canary island of El Hierro are once again living in fear of a volcanic eruption as their island begins to lift. According to the National Geographic Institute of Spain, increases in seismic activity on the island has seen literally hundreds of earthquakes, known as a swarm, shaking the island and gradually increasing in strength since June 25. Around 750 earthquakes have been recorded although few have been strong enough to be felt by the residents until the last two days. The island has been placed on yellow alert by the security committee in charge of operations as the earthquakes increase. The largest so far was registered at 4.0 on the Richter scale on Wednesday June 27. More frightening for the approximately 10,000 residents is the fact that a bulge has developed in the island, lifting it five centimeters in four days. Whereas the volcanic activity of 2011 was based out at sea, this time the magma appears to be forming right underneath the island and the pressure is building. Scientists on the island are using the position of the earthquake epicenters to try and work out where the magma from the volcano will come to the surface. The longer it takes to find a vent, the more the pressure from the magma will grow and the larger any possible eruption is likely to be. Earthquake Report says that PEVOLCA (Civil Protection from Volcanic Risk) has said that there is acceleration in the flow of magma, with a “clear process of inflation.” –Digital Journal
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22 Responses to Intensifying seismic and volcanic activity lifts Canary Island

  1. Irene C says:

    Wow! I think I would be making plans about getting off the island.

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  2. How terrifying for the residents.

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  3. Roy Hinkley says:

    Wow, I just can’t understand why they haven’t moved the population off the island. This could get serious. Lord Jesus be with them.

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  4. ONTHEMARK55 says:

    Everyone’s first thought, myself included, is to tell people. “move out of there,evacuate,pack up and leave”! Then, when i put myself in their position, i realize that may not be possible, or impossible for most people. Where do you go, it;s not easy for friends or relatives to just take people in, especially when it’s cautionary, “maybe” something may happen. The financial burden alone, if your evacuating, your not working, prevents most people from exercising that option. How many people have that option in Bangladesh, those poor souls struggle to survive on the best days. I remember a gentleman Named Harry Truman who owned a lodge at the base of Mt. St. Helens who refused to evacuate just before the eruption. that was his home and where he was making his stand, the rest was in the Lords hands. Whenever i watch the movie 2012 and the scene with Woody Harrelson standing on the ridge facing the oncomming eruption, i think of Harry T. and realize we make our stand, put our fate into the Lord’s hands and make the best of the time the Lord grants us. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth could change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at It’s swelling pride. Ps 46:1-3 God Bless everyone

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  5. Ian says:

    It’s all very well saying ‘evacuate’ but this island is home for 10,000 people. Still, there are enough empty flats and holiday properties in mainland Spain to give them a secure roof over their heads. I do hope if they need to evacuate the warning is given in sufficient time; the island is not large and I’m not sure if there are any areas of safety from the poisonous gasses etc that emanate from erupting volcanos.

    There is a well documented potential for tsunami from a volcano on another island, La Palma, which if (when) it happens might impact east coast of USA / Brazil as well as west coast of Africa / Europe. I doubt anyone on either side of the Atlantic is attuned to the impact of such an event, it might reach into the Mediterranean and North Seas for example – the impact of damage along the coastlines would be devastating, both in cost of lives as destroyed infrastructure.

    This island does show evidence of past landslides, whether any future event would be of the same ilk as expected in La Palma is unclear.

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  6. davidgreybeard says:

    The events happening right now on El Hierro are a classic pre-eruption series of events. I’m afraid that with the current level of activity, plus the significant uplift, when the scientists monitoring the island figure out where the magma will break the surface it will be just a bit too late for any meaningful evacuation. The local authorities need to step up and evacuate now; as for where they will put the evacuees and pay for their care, there will always be other nations that will step up to the plate and give humanitarian assistance.

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    • Vegeta9000 says:

      Are you talking about evacuating us or them?

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      • davidgreybeard says:

        Evacuations on both sides of the pond would be in order. I would start evacuating El Hierro now since the signs are all there for a major eruption, That would also mean that it would be prudent to start evacuating the most vulnerable parts of our Atlantic Coast and the more exposed areas in Europe and Africa, but I don’t see that happening for several reasons. First, you have to get all of the scientific authorities to agree on the necessity of such an evac, and right now they can’t even agree on whether or not to evacuate the island. Second, you would need to have these scientists to be willing to risk their academic credibility in case the volcano surprises everyone and does nothing; remember, the academic world is built upon orthodoxy and “infallibility”, which means that you say nothing unless you are 100% sure. And third, our government wouldn’t even issue a tsunami warning until it was certain that there was one on the way; by the time Uncle Sam was certain that a tsunami was incoming an evacuation order would be too late to do much good. Sadly, any major tsunami coming west across the Atlantic has the potential to make the one that hit Japan last year look like a ripple.

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    • Vegeta9000 says:

      Based one what the latest info say, I take it that it is trying to stabilize itself? I highly doubt that for a second! This thing is way too dangerous to be playing games with!

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  7. coyote says:

    These are Spanish islands and Spain has the gold and silver taken from the Americas to pay for these poor people tp get to the mainland of western Europe.

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  8. Therese D says:

    I believe they have the situation under control.

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  9. Cee Dahla says:

    What about the TSUNAMI, if part of EL HIERRO explodes and falls into the ocean? If that should happen, the EAST COAST of the USA will have 8 (eight) hours to evacuate – the TSUNAMI will wipe out the EAST COAST of the USA!!!

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    • Vegeta9000 says:

      That is exactly what I’m talking about! No one seems to be talking about this and its pissing me off!!!

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      • Adams Rixey says:

        why be pissed off? I think that’s a useless waste of energy

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      • tonic says:

        They probably can’t talk about it. It’s a bit like the boy who cried wolf. Imagine the panic if this horror was to happen. And then it didn’t happen.
        Some scientists say La Palma will be devestating, others say, no, its all exaggerated. It’s almost a “lets see what happens scenario” except the possibility that total devestation can or could occur.
        I’ve read both arguments that scientist propose and found it impossible to reach any conclusion on what will happen if it slips. It’s one of the most worrisome places I know of.

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    • SANDRA says:

      I
      THINK THE RISK OF TSUNAMI IS FROM LAPALMA

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  10. I just dropped a warning and urgent caution to friends in South Florida. But despite studying the Canaries for a novel, I still confused El Hierro with La Palma of late. La Palma with the rift faulter in 1949 is creepy. Does El Heirro have the same sediment uprising and instability? Does anyone know of that Swiss scientific study that outlined the damage to the U.S. that came out a few years back?

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  11. Wells says:

    The risk of Tsunami is based on studies of LA PALMA Island, not El Hierro. The Cumbre Viaja Volcano, (which last erupted in WWII), has an unstable westward facing slope that is prone to periodic landslides that careen into the ocean and generate the tsunamis. These conditions do not exist on El Hierro. The threat from La Palma is severe, however, and it was documented by volcanologist Bill McGuire at the Benfield Hazard Research Center in London and also became the subject of the award winning Science Fiction novel “Meridian” by John Schettler. Basically, if the western flank of La Palma collapses into the sea, the entire Eastern Seaboard of the US could look like Fukushima 6 to 8 hours later!

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  12. tim says:

    are those the islands that if the cliffs shear off it would send a tidal wave hundreds of feet high to the eastern seaboard of the US?

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