Earthquake hits Tenerife

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Earthquake hits Tenerife
« on: April 11, 2019, 22:51:33 »
Earthquake hits Tenerife: Tourist hotspot is shaken by 4.2 tremor in the Atlantic

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Canary Islands on Friday morning

Residents and tourists on Tenerife reported feeling tremors just after 6.30am

Previous seismic activity sparked fears it could cause Mount Teide to erupt

However, scientists say other signals would alert them if volcano was set to blow


An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 has struck in the Atlantic between Tenerife and Gran Canaria early this morning.

Residents and tourists on the island of Tenerife reported feeling tremors just after 6.30am on Friday.

The National Geographic Institute confirmed the earthquake, initially reported as a 4.2 magnitude, occurred at 6.36am, at a depth of 3.1miles (5km).

It added that a seismic movement of magnitude 1.9 on the Richter scale had been registered in the same place a minute earlier. Two other seismic movements had also been recorded, one at 1.7 magnitude at 2.23am, and and another at 03.07 and of magnitude 1.9.

Increased seismic activity in the Canary Island in the past year has sparked fears they may have an effect on Mount Teide, the large volcano on Tenerife. However, this has been dismissed by scientists, who say it takes more than earthquakes to bring on an eruption.

Professor Mike Burton, chair in volcanology at the University of Manchester, said last year: 'There's plenty of tectonic seismicity in the Canary Islands due to plate motion which doesn't directly produce volcanic activity, and there are some earthquake locations to the southeast of Tenerife which are consistent with this.

'Before an eruption on Tenerife or any of the other Canary Islands there would be clear precursory signals in seismicity, gas and ground deformation.'

Locals took to social media after feeling the effects of the earthquake on island of Tenerife.

 'Has there been an earthquake on Tenerife? What a scare!' one person wrote.

'Earthquake in the centre of Tenerife!' said another.

The Canary volcanology institute, Involcan says earthquakes of this magnitude have been recorded in the recent past between Tenerife and Gran Canaria and therefore, 'it is normal that they register now and in the future'.

They posted this morning: 'All the stations of the Canary Seismic Network (C7) located in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote have registered the magnitude 4.4 earthquake, which occurred between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, at 06:36:51 today. 

'That has been widely felt in Tenerife and in some locations of Gran Canaria.

'The tectonic activity related to the fault between Tenerife and Gran Canaria is the most probable cause of this earthquake.

'Remember that earthquakes of this magnitude have been recorded in the recent past between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, such as the magnitude 5.2 which occurred on May 9, 1989; therefore, it is normal that they register now and in the future.'
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