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The Canary Islands Government has said it is monitoring an earthquake swarm on the small island of El Hierro where in excess of 400 tremors of low magnitude have been recorded in the past four days.
On Friday, the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Government Security Canary convened the first ever meeting of the Steering Committee and Volcanic Monitoring, reflected in the Specific Plan Protection Civil and Emergency for Volcanic Risk, given what it described "the significant increase in seismic activity".
According to ElHierro.com: "Although over 200 years have elapsed since the last eruption, El Hierro has the largest number of volcanoes in the Canaries with over 500 open sky cones, another 300 covered by the most recent outflows, and some 70 caves and volcanic galleries, notably the Don Justo cave whose collection of channels surpasses 6km in length."
Originally posted by yellowbeard
I know what's causing the swarm and it's nothing to be alarmed about (unless you actually see it).....
They've started a branch of weight watchers there and it's just a load of fat people doing star jumps
(sorry for the appalling humour there)
Being serious, this is something to keep an eye on, it seems something is going on down below.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
There has been a recent increase in earthquakes on El Hierro, which translates to "The Iron" at the Canary Islands which has prompted the government there to action to improve the location of the seismic events, even though they are saying to the population that there is nothing to worry about yet.
According to the following website the total number of earthquakes which have been recorded is 450.
The following is a view of the western side of El Hierro.
Here is where the last earthquake was recorded according to the Irish source.
The above photos are from the following link.
Now, I have been trying to find original sources in Spanish that corroborate this amount of earthquakes have occurred, the number that I found which is close to what the article from Ireland says is from 3 days ago, and it says that so far there have been registered 386 earthquakes since July 17th.
All of the Spanish articles I have read so far do say that the number of earthquakes is very unusual, but that they are still giving a green light to this unusual swarm of earthquakes, and they are telling citizens to be calm that the situation is normal.
Let's hope it is true and nothing comes out of this.
Here is the original report given to the press by The Scientific Committee of Pevolca, it is in Spanish.
edit on 26-7-2011 by ElectricUniverse because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Disconnected Sociopath
According to this website the number of quakes is even higher, @ 620
Regardless this is an area to keep an eye on.
620 Earthquakes Recorded On El Hierro In The Canary Islands
By Mark Dunphy - Tue Jul 26, 1:22 pm
The Canary Islands Government has said it is monitoring an earthquake swarm on the small island of El Hierro where in excess of 620 tremors of low magnitude have been recorded in the past week.