El Cabildo de El Hierro sends a message of calm and security to the population. The president of the Cabildo de El Hierro, Alpidio Armas, and the Minister of Security and Emergency Area, Maria del Carmen Morales, have appeared before the media on Sunday, September 25, to convey a message of calm and security to the population. Main reason, the strongest earthquake so far (Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 15 km).
Rumors are circulating that a possible eruption of El Hierro volcano would lead to a giant tsunami. Every special effect in nature is translated by some people into wild disaster scenarios. Such a treat is highly unlikely (based on the seismicity mainly below the island). A below sea level eruption is highly unlikely. We are convinced that the Government of the Canary Islands and the scientists of the committee would certainly report such information when a dangerous situation could not be excluded. + Is is far from sure that an eruption would occur, even with more tremors and the current deformation.
The Canary Islands government has set the ‘yellow alert’ for the population of El Hierro as a lot of volcanic tremors are continuing to occur below the island since last July. The ‘yellow alert’ decision bas been after consulting the PEVOLCA, and is based on the conclusions of the meeting of the Scientific Committee. The committee met on Saturday morning in El Hierro. Main reason for the alert increase where the increasing number of volcanic earthquakes as well as deformations (up to 30 mm change from the beginning).
The current ‘yellow alert’ phase does not mean that an eruption is eminent, but that the population will be informed on the risks and will be informed how to take certain protective action. At this stage the ‘Cabildo de El Hierro’ will be responsible for informing the public of the practical aspects of the action plan including meeting points, shelters and evacuation plans. The Canary Islands government will report weekly on the evolution. (EarthquakeReport)
The website is www.emergenciaselhierro.org.
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