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Location of last night's earthquake near La Restinga (El Hierro)
Friday, Feb 10, 2017
A magnitude 2.9 earthquake at 14 km depth occurred last night (shortly before 23pm) approx. 7 km southwest of La Restinga. ... [more]
Current seismic signal at CRST station in La Restinga (IGN)
Monday, Mar 17, 2014
What looks like a new swarm of earthquakes accompanied by strong harmonic tremor appeared on the southernmost seismic station at La Restinga. If it is not due to some local, human-induced work or malfunction, it suggests that the quakes are very shallow, since they don't appear on the signals of other stations. ... [more]
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El Hierro volcano

shield volcano 1500 m
Canary Islands (Spain), 27.63°N / -17.99°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 10 Feb 2017
Typical eruption style: mainly effusive, basaltic fissure eruptions
El Hierro volcano eruptions: 2012 (?) (probable second submarine eruption in June-July west of the island), 2011-12 (Oct-Mar, submarine eruption near La Restinga), 1793
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 7 Jan
Mon, 7 Jan 03:18 UTCM 2.8 / 12 km14 kmSW FRONTERA.IHI
Thu, 3 Jan
Thu, 3 Jan 02:43 UTCM 3.5 / 18 km11 kmW EL PINAR DE EL HIERRO.IHI
Thu, 3 Jan 02:43 UTCM 2.8 / 19 km11 kmW EL PINAR DE EL HIERRO.IHI
Wed, 2 Jan
Wed, 2 Jan 21:56 UTCM 1.7 / 10 km10 kmW EL PINAR DE EL HIERRO.IHI
Fri, 28 Dec
Fri, 28 Dec 11:07 UTCM 1.8 / 8 km15 kmSW FRONTERA.IHI
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The triangular island of El Hierro is the SW-most and least studied of the Canary Islands.
Following intense earthquake swarms since July 2011, a new submarine eruption started in Oct 2011 at a vent ca. 1 km south of La Restinga off the southern tip of the island. The eruption, which could even start to build a new island, is ongoing at the time of updating. Follow the El Hierro news page for the latest events.

Background:

The massive El Hierro shield volcano is truncated by a large NW-facing escarpment formed as a result of gravitational collapse of El Golfo volcano about 130,000 years ago. The steep-sided 1500-m-high scarp towers above a low lava platform bordering 12-km-wide El Golfo Bay, and three other large submarine landslide deposits occur to the SW and SE. Three prominent rifts oriented NW, NE, and south at 120 degree angles form prominent topographic ridges. The subaerial portion of the volcano consists of flat-lying Quaternary basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and tuffs capped by numerous young cinder cones and lava flows. Holocene cones and flows are found both on the outer flanks and in the El Golfo depression. El Hierro contains the greatest concentration of young vents in the Canary Islands. Uncertainty surrounds the report of an historical eruption in 1793 at Volcano of Lomo Negro. Source: Smithsonian GVP

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