Confirmed volcanic eruption off coast of El Hierro
Update – The presdent of the Council of El Hierro has confirmed a volcanic eruption at sea, 5 miles south of La Restinga on El Hierro.
Four ships have alerted the maritime authorities of the existence of volcanic activity, four miles south of La Restinga (El Hierro) and about 500 meters deep.
The latest data collected by the National Geological Survey stations on the island of El Hierro suggest a submarine eruption up to 2,000 meters deep in the Las Calmas area.
El Hierro has suffered, since mid-July 2011, around 9,600 earthquakes caused by magma activity in the base of the island, the strongest of them on Saturday night, which reached a magnitude of 4.3 degrees on the Richter scale.
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