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El Hierro volcan

volcan bouclier 1500 m / 4921 ft
Canary Islands (Spain), 27.63°N / -17.99°W
Condition actuelle: normal / en sommeil (1 sur 5)
Last update: 15 déc. 2021

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.

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Style éruptif tipique: principalement des éruptions effusives, basaltiques fissure
Eruptions du volcan El Hierro: 2012 (?) (probable second submarine eruption in June-July west of the island), 2011-12 (Oct-Mar, submarine eruption near La Restinga), 1793
Derniers séismes proches: No recent earthquakes

Introduction

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

El Hierro Photos

A storm arises on El Hierro, Canary islands. (Photo: Janka)
A storm arises on El Hierro, Canary islands. (Photo: Janka)
Harsh volcanic landscape near La Restinga on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
Harsh volcanic landscape near La Restinga on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
La Frontera town, El Hierro Island (Canaries), in the evening in early November. The Bay is almost cut off from the rest of the island, since the tunnel connecting it with Valverde has been closed because of the frequent earthquakes recently. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
La Frontera town, El Hierro Island (Canaries), in the evening in early November. The Bay is almost cut off from the rest of the island, since the tunnel connecting it wit...
Rainbow after a shower near the community of El Pinar on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
Rainbow after a shower near the community of El Pinar on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
 



Voyages au volcan El Hierro :
Avant-poste volcanique de l'Europe (Visite à pied et d'étude aux îles Canaries: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro et Tenerife)

See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS
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