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Canary Islands residents evacuated amid fears of seabed volcano eruption

Posted by on Dec. 29, 2013 at 2:59 AM
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Canary Islands residents evacuated amid fears of seabed volcano eruption

People in port of La Restinga, on the island of El Hierro, affected after scientists report volcanic eruption three miles off coast
Canary island volcanic eruption
Emergency military personnel arrive on the Canary Island of El Hierro to aid in the evacuation following the eruption. Photograph: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images

The regional government of the Canary Islands has begun evacuating the small town of La Restinga, on the island of El Hierro, and raised its earthquake warning level amid evidence that a volcano is erupting deep on the nearby seabed.

Approximately 600 inhabitants of the fishing port on the island's south coast were being told to congregate at a local sports field for evacuation on Tuesday.

Scientists have reported that a volcanic eruption is taking place about 5km (3.1 miles) off the coast at a depth of 600 (1,960ft) to 1,000 metres.

The only visible evidence of the eruption is reported to be dead fish that have floated to the surface. The fish had probably been killed by gas escaping from the volcano, scientists said.

After months of continuous earth tremors on the island, vulcanologists had said there was a reasonable chance of an eruption somewhere near or under El Hierro.

That eruption seems to have started on Monday, pushing hot lava and gases up through the seabed.

With the eruption deep down and several miles away under the sea, the danger to local people and tourists who travel to La Restinga for the diving was considered to be minimal – but authorities today decided to carry out their evacuation plans in case that changed.

The decision was made "due to the possibility that the centre of the eruption might move closer to the coast," the Canary Islands government said in a statement.

Regional government safety chief Juan Manuel Santana told reporters on Tuesday that raising the alert level from yellow to red – the second and third steps of a four-step system – was also a preventative measure.

by on Dec. 29, 2013 at 2:59 AM
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Aww crap. Isn't that the place that's literally cracking and when the western chunk of the island falls off, the tsunami will eat the eastern seaboard? I'd be more than happy to admit I don't know which island group in that part of the Atlantic it is, but it'll be like Santorini.
Phylis419
by on Dec. 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

 oh my ...

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Scary!!  Sadly I had to look up the exact location of the islands. Sigh. Those poor people must be terrified! 

jesusismyfriend
by Silver Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM


Quoting AdrianneHill: Aww crap. Isn't that the place that's literally cracking and when the western chunk of the island falls off, the tsunami will eat the eastern seaboard? I'd be more than happy to admit I don't know which island group in that part of the Atlantic it is, but it'll be like Santorini.

This! I want to know!

LiveinJoy
by on Dec. 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

How scary!!

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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Quoting AdrianneHill: Aww crap. Isn't that the place that's literally cracking and when the western chunk of the island falls off, the tsunami will eat the eastern seaboard? I'd be more than happy to admit I don't know which island group in that part of the Atlantic it is, but it'll be like Santorini.

 This is the first thing I thought of too!  I did a quick google and the island we are thinking of is La Palma.  I wonder if this could affect them.

 

skitskidaddle
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM
Fish have always survived underwater vents from a volcano. Ever since katrina, no before that, the government has used the capability to manipulate the weather and cause earthquakes. Japan was also no natural disaster, but an explosive charge in a fault line. Once yoy realize this 911 becomes all too close to home as well.
Susan0805
by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM
Scary!
supercarp
by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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 Nice aluminum foil hat. Time for your medication.

Quoting skitskidaddle: Fish have always survived underwater vents from a volcano. Ever since katrina, no before that, the government has used the capability to manipulate the weather and cause earthquakes. Japan was also no natural disaster, but an explosive charge in a fault line. Once yoy realize this 911 becomes all too close to home as well.

 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM


Quoting skitskidaddle: Fish have always survived underwater vents from a volcano. Ever since katrina, no before that, the government has used the capability to manipulate the weather and cause earthquakes. Japan was also no natural disaster, but an explosive charge in a fault line. Once yoy realize this 911 becomes all too close to home as well.

are you serious??

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