An underwater volcano just south of the Canary Islands may be the beginnings of a new island, or may add new territory to the southern coast of El Hierro, says this article on the BBC.
There has been an enormous amount of seismic activity around the island,” says Nemesio Perez, scientific coordinator at Involcan, the Canaries Institute of Volcanology.
In the past four months, more than 11,000 tremors have been detected across the island, including to the north of the island.
With more than 500 open-sky cones, El Hierro is the most volcanic of all the Canary Islands.
“Right now, the eruption south of El Hierro is really a submarine eruption only,” says volcanologist Dr Joachim Gottsmann. But, he adds, this could change at any minute.
About 190 feet (60m) below the ocean surface, the underwater volcano – which has been erupting for more than a month – is spewing gases and burning lava and creating a dead zone.
“It kills everything,” says fisherman Elio Morales Rodriguez in the village of La Restinga, on the south coast of El Hierro island. “No fishing, no dive schools, no tourists, just dead fish on the surface.”
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Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland,for this link
“Is it any wonder the oceans are heating up?” asks John