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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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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
Typical eruption style:
mainly effusive, basaltic fissure eruptions
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El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands, Spain): alert level raised to red and evacuations

Tuesday Oct 11, 2011 14:38 PM | BY: TOM PFEIFFER

The volcanological observatory of the Canaries ahs raised the volcanic alert level to the maximum "Red" for the southernmost city on the island, La Restinga, and the government of the Canaries has announced to evacuate the population of La Restinga as a measure of precaution.
In the meanwhile, there is little doubt that a submarine eruption is in progress 5 km off shore south of El Hierro. Due to the depth of the eruption at 600 m below the surface, there is not visible activity for now, but the intensity and location of volcanic tremor and the sighting of lots of dead fish above the spot are speaking a clear language.
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Previous news
Seismic recording showing the strong volcanic tremor under El Hierro volcano on 10 Oct (IGN)
Monday, Oct 10, 2011
It seems that a small submarine eruption has started 7 km south of the coast of El Hierro Island in the Canaries at a depth of 1200 m below sea level, in the Las Calmas sea. The eruption, inferred by strong tremor recorded by the Istituto Geográfico National (IGN), started at 10.43 local time (09:43 UTC). [more]
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011
Concern is growing that the El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands) could be heading towards an eruption, after seismic activity beneath the island increased strongly over the past days. More than 150 earthquakes were recorded on Tuesday alone. At least 20 earthquakes were larger than 3 mag Richter and could be felt by locals during the past 24 hours. ... [more]

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