Thursday, September 22, 2011

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake EL HIERRO, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN - 22nd Sept 2011

A magnitude 3.2 earthquake has struck El Hierro, Canary Islands at a depth of 14 km (8.6 miles), the quake hit at 05:06:31 UTC Thursday 22nd September 2011.
The epicenter was 85 km (52.8 miles) Southwest of Valle Gran Rey, Canary Islands
No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time.

El Hierro Volcano: Is one of the Smallest of the Canary Islands, the origins of the Island date back some 100 million years when the Ocean floor shifted with the movement of the Earth's mantle. The crust cracked into a three pointed star releasing flows of Magma.

After 3 Eruptions, the island emerged from the ocean as an imposing volcano more than 2,000 Meters high.

It has now been over 200 years since the last Eruption but El Hierro although being the smallest Island has the Largest number of Volcanoes with over 500 open Sky Cones and another 300 covered by the most recent outflows.

There has been uncertainty surrounding reports of a historical eruption taking place in 1793.

The Swarm of earthquakes which started during July of 2011 have continued into August with 3277 earthquakes being recorded since August 1st 2011 until 23rd August 2011, this is a significant rise of earthquakes and has Experts keeping a close eye on the island.

Going into September the swarm has now reached a worrying 8452 Earthquakes in just the past 10 WEEKS.
  • 2010 the area registered 3661 earthquakes for the year.
  • 2009 the area registered 4536 earthquakes for the year.
  • 2008 the area registered 5158 earthquakes for the year.
  • 2007 the area registered 5384 earthquakes for the year.
  • 2006 the area registered 3689 earthquakes for the year.
  • 2005 the area registered 4229 earthquakes for the year.