“This could wipe out the East Coast of the USA if the side of the island slips off into the Atlantic,” says reader.
The Canary Island of La Palma recorded 40 earthquakes in 48 hours over the weekend, raising fears of an eruption.
All of the tremors registered between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale.
La Palma, a popular holiday destination, last saw a volcanic eruption in 1971
María José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute in the Canary Islands, said the island has “never recorded a similar swarm.”
In 2011, an underwater eruption occurred near the island of El Hierro, followed by more than 7,500 earthquakes.
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“This could wipe out the East Coast of the USA if the side of the island slips off into the Atlantic,” says Benjamin.
Benjamin may be referring to fears found in articles such as this, which says: “A wave higher than Nelson’s Column and travelling faster than a jet aircraft will devastate the eastern seaboard of America and inundate much of southern Britain, say scientists who have analysed the effects of a future volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.”