Volcano Eruption Fears – El Hierro Canary Island hit by Earthquakeson September 30, 2011 at 1:36 am
El Hierro, is also known as Isla del Meridiano (the “Meridian Island”), is the smallest and outermost south and west of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.
The smallest Canary Island, El Hierro, is preparing for mass evacuation following a series of earthquakes that has led to fears of a volcano eruption. Around 10,000 people live on the 108-square mile island and 53 people were already evacuated from their homes yesterday following landslide fears.
An expert has warned that an eruption on El Hierro could take place in days, weeks or month. The highest volcano on El Hierro, which was formed from volcano eruptions 100 million years ago, is over 6,000 feet. Of the thousands of tremors, known as a swarm, only 15 have been noticeable to residents, however yesterday a magnitude 3.8 earthquake was felt across the island. El Hierro itself has not seen an eruption, from its approximate number of 250 volcanic craters, since 1793. . Even though residents and tourists are understandably concerned, there are some who feel an eruption would bring more tourists.