Canary Islands – 40 earthquakes in 48 hours trigger fears of eruption

“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.

Thanks to Benjamin Napier for these links

“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.”

11 thoughts on “Canary Islands – 40 earthquakes in 48 hours trigger fears of eruption”

  1. El Hierro has had similar crater collapses/underwater slide, particularly on the North side of the island.
    Although other science papers has disputed or downgraded the risk of a major cater collapse on La Palma, I hope not, Canaries crater collapses have affected the South Coast of the UK with several meter high tidal surges. Link below:

  2. With the technology they have now, they’ll try anything in their power to stop this from happening, it’s just too early for them, they want to control this mess longer…

    • Not a chance in hell of stopping a Hot SPOT volcano with a complex rifting zone to the immediate west of both La Palma and El Hierro

  3. Japan had a 9.0 earthquake that caused a massive tsunami, yet it only did minor damage to the west coast of the United States.

    While a portion of the island slipping into the sea would be devistating locally, I find it hard to believe that it would cause a massive tsunami clear across the Atlantic Ocean.

    • its different than an earthquake caused tsunami. think about what happen if you drop a massive rock into a pool it would cause a giant wave to quickly move across the entire pool same thing would happen with the volano it would drop tremendous rocks into the ocean causing a giant wave moving at ectremely high speeds to quickly spread out over almost the entire atlantic ocean.

  4. It all depends on how fast it goes into the ocean. Take a hand of sand and throw it all at once into the water or pour it in over a few seconds. Very big difference in the wave produced.

  5. This slippage has been known for a long time.
    Look folks there are reasons why Florida and the east coast is flat. And hurricanes are not the only reason.

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