Seismic unrest: New earthquake swarm starts on La Palma, Spain – Over 300 quakes hit mid-Atlantic Azores Islands, Portugal – Are volcanoes waking up there?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Paul Martin
Feb 13, 2018

Seismic unrest is being reported since last Saturday, February 10, 2018 with a new earthquake swarm starting in the southeast of the island of La Palma in Spain. Now, on February 12, 2018 more than 300 small earthquakes have rattled the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands overnight. Tourists and general population have been advised to move away from Pico Do Fogo volcano. Are volcanoes waking up in both locations?

Last Saturday, February 10, 2018, 23:23 TU, a new seismic series has started in the southeast of the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain. As of February 13, 2018, 06:45 TU, already 11 earthquakes with magnitudes between M2.2 and M2.6 had already hit and are now continuing at a depth of 30 km.

Now, another archipelago, the Portuguese Azores, is also experiencing high seismic activity with more than 300 earthquakes overnight, prompting civil protection to ask residents to be vigilant. The tremors began shortly before midnight on Sunday and continued throughout Monday morning, February 12, 2018. The activity was focused on Sao Miguel island with the epicenter somewhere between the Fogo and Congro lakes.

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