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28 September-4 October 2011 New Activity/Unrest: | Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Nabro, Eritrea | Rincón de la Vieja, Costa Rica | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Villarrica, Central Chile Ongoing Activity: | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala
MADRID — The regional government of the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro has issued a volcanic eruption alert following almost 10,000 small tremors recorded in the past three months.
The Canary Island of El Hierro on Saturday night suffered its largest earthquake so far in the current run of tremors which some fear are pointing to a forthcoming volcanic eruption on the island. The quake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale, and the epicentre was located a kilometre from the southern coast of the island at a depth of 13 kilometres. It led to some landslides in the municipality of El Pinar, but there are no reports of any injuries. The National Geographic Institute, IGN, has recorded 890 quakes in the week of October 1 – 7, most of them located at sea to the SW of the island. A yellow alert for a possible volcanic eruption remains in place, and despite this latest large tremor, the experts still consider that a volcanic eruption is not imminent.