TENERIFE VOLCANO WARNING: Fears Mount Teide is about to BLOW after 22 quakes hit

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

FEARS are growing that a volcano on the popular British tourist hotspot of Tenerife could be on the verge of erupting after the Spanish island was rocked by more than 20 earthquakes.

Wed, Nov 1, 2017

The biggest island in the Canaries was hit by a seismic swarm of 22 earthquakes between Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday from Mount Teide.

Vilaflor, a village in the south of Tenerife, was rocked by dozens of seismic movements of low magnitude between 0.8 and 2.0, which struck 6 to 8km underground.

The largest of tremors was registered as 1.4 on the Richter Scale and hit at 11.05am (local time) on Tuesday morning.

Activity from Mount Teide, which boasts the highest summit in Spain, comes after La Palma was rocked by a flurry of earthquakes in October.

The quakes sparked fears the island’s huge volcano, which last erupted in 1909, could blow.

But experts from the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) sought to reassure residents by Facebook.

They said the small swarm was similar to the other seismic swarms recorded in Tenerife after the tourist hotspot reported 100 mini quakes in four hours from Mount Teide.

Scientists from Involcan said the characteristics of the seismic events reflected a relationship with the hydrothermal system, which has undergone a pressurisation process.

They said it was common in active volcanoes and 90 per cent of the time the quakes will disappear in the same way they occur.

Experts from the National Geographic Institute (IGN) also recorded the seismic swarm of recent days.

They said residents were not able to feel the quakes.

The 12,000 ft Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain and was declared a national park in 1954.

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