El Hierro La Restinga submarine Volcanic Eruption

16.12.2012.El Hierro La Restinga . Satellite image of El Hierro. The village of La Restinga shows as the white area on the southern tip of the island; the October 2011 - March 2012 eruption took place in the sea ca. 2 km to the south of this. The 2011-2012 El Hierro eruption is an on-going volcanic event just off the island of El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands (an Autonomous Community of Spain), in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The island is also the youngest in the island chain. The October 2011 - March 2012 eruption was underwater, with a fissure of vents located approximately 2 km to the south of the fishing village of La Restinga on the southern coast of the island. As of June 2012, increased seismicity to the north-west of the vent suggests another phase in the area's volcanic activity - comprising just deep-seated magma movements with associated earthquakes and deformation of the island at this June 2012 stage - is under way. A second phase of eruptive activity has not yet occurred, and it does not necessarily follow that it will occur. September 2012 activity In mid September 2012 earthquake activity increased again.Rising from beneath the waves: A new Canary Island emerges as underwater volcano hits the surface Volcano off El Hierro is just 70metres away from the surface and is spewing magma 20metres into the sky Nearby town is evacuated and ships banned from travelling to the area as strong smell of sulphur ...

 

 

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