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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Earthquake activity below El Hierro volcano has reached over 700 Earthquakes in the past week, Canary Islands, Spain

Recently El Hierro volcano of the Canary Islands has been experiencing a seismic swarm beneath it, which as of yesterday reached to over 700 events.

Most of these events have been at Magnitudes of around 2 (+/-0.5) and are clustered beneath El Hierro whilst the depths of these earthquakes have been roughly between 9 and 16 km for the mostpart, with the exception of a few shallower and deeper quakes, the shallowest of which has been 4 km. Read More

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.