Earthquake rumbles active Spanish volcano

An earthquake has hit the Canary Island El Hierro on Sunday (Nov. 24). The national geological Survey of Spain (IGN) detected the Magnitude 2.8 quake off the south coast of El Hierro, which was formed by repeated volcanic eruptions. There are no tsunami warnings.

Graphic: ign.es

In 2011, a submarine volcanic eruption took place on the sea floor south of El Hierro, forming a new volcanic cone and causing evacuation of nearby villages. The recent earthquake occured only a few miles from this new cone. Renewed volcanic activity there might also influence El Hierro and have a huge impact on tourism and local economy. Thus it is important to continuously monitor the seismic acitivity. All volcanic eruptions are preceded by small earthquakes. Also stronger earthquakes are possible in this region.

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