5.1 Earthquake in Canary Islands

Two years after a new underwater volcano appeared offshore of El Hierro in the Canary Islands, a sudden increase in earthquake swarms suggest a new eruption is brewing near the island’s villages.

This afternoon, a 5.1 earthquake, struck offshore of El Hierro at 12:46 p.m. ET (5:46 p.m. local time) as recorded by the National Geographic Institute . Residents on the island of El Hierro reported strong shaking, and the Civil guard in El Hierro is asking for calm and reassuring the population. Before the earthquake struck early this afternoon, the island’s volcano monitoring agency, Pelvolca, had raised the volcanic eruption risk for El Hierro to “yellow.” This warning means that activity is increasing at the volcano, but no eruption is imminent.

The earthquake’s epicenter was 9 miles (15 kilometers) deep and was also widely felt in Tenerife and La Palma.

Work is currently underway to clear a landslide which connects the island of El Hierro from North to South.

Aftershocks are still being felt and reported

2013-12-27 20:39 UTC
Shaking intensities as reported by IGN
V = moderate shaking, IV = light shaking, III weak shaking – II very weak shaking
V MOCANAL,VALVERDE.TF
IV-V CALETA,VALVERDE.TF
IV-V TIGADAY,FRONTERA.TF
IV-V VALVERDE.TF
IV RETAMAR,LLANOS DE ARIDANE. LOS.TF
IV SAN PEDRO.TF
III ARGUAL,LLANOS DE ARIDANE. LOS.TF
III CALETILLAS. LAS,CANDELARIA.TF
III LEDAS. LAS,BREÑA BAJA.TF
III LLANOS DE ARIDANE. LOS.TF
III SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA.TF
II SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE.TF

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