4.1 magnitude earthquake shakes El Hierro, in Canary Islands

March 26, 2013CANARY ISLANDS – An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook El Hierro island in Spain’s Canaries on Monday, the strongest of hundreds of tremors which have plagued the island, which suffered an undersea volcanic eruption in 2011, Spain’s National Geographical Institute said Monday. The earthquake struck at 3:41 pm (1441 GMT) and its epicenter was in the Atlantic
Ocean about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) west of the island, a spokesman for the institute said. It was measured at a depth of 16 kilometers and was preceded by another earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale. About 800 earthquakes have been recorded in El Hierro, which has about 10,000 inhabitants, since March 18, the spokesman added. The majority of the quakes have measured above 2.0 on the Richter but only a handful has been strong enough for people on the island to notice. In October 2011 an underwater volcano erupted off the coast of El Hierro, two days after an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale rocked the island. El Hierro, which means “Iron” in Spanish, suffered thousands of earthquakes throughout much of 2011, only a few of them, prompting officials to briefly close a tunnel linking the island’s two main towns — Frontera and
Valverde — and evacuate dozens of people over fears of landslides. The Canary Islands are located off the northwestern coast of Africa. El Hierro, which has an area of just 267 square kilometers (103 square miles) is the westernmost of the seven islands of volcanic origin that make up the archipelago. The last eruption occurred off the Canary Islands, happened off Teneguia, Las Palamas, in 1971. –Global Post
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5 Responses to 4.1 magnitude earthquake shakes El Hierro, in Canary Islands

  1. Rhonda says:

    The authorities “briefly closed the tunnel”, eh?!!

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  2. Irene C says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t like the idea of going through a tunnel or across a bridge in an earthquake prone area. Every time I have crossed the Mississippi going into St. Louis, I’m always praying that the New Madrid doesn’t decide to let loose at that time. Just saying…

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    • juju says:

      I think most of us suffer some kind of justify paranoia now a days…I live in Vancouver BC and we’ve been waiting for the “big one” Since I can remember…

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  3. archie1954 says:

    Is this island the one that suffered a cataclysmic landslide back many centuries ago that sent a tidal wave to America’s shores?

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  4. tdenbeck says:

    I have been watching this escalate and it must be a tense situation. It seemed like things have calmed down just a bit today – This activity came, as I had an integrated epiphany on my dreams. I cannot tell you that I am not expecting something to come from this. I am … Praying and keeping all in mind, at this point.

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