After the earthquake: worry about the Teide volcano in Tenerife
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 has shaken the Canary Islands. No one has been damaged, but the Teide volcano is worried.
on Tenerife grown up earthquake the strength of 4.2 the concern of one Volcanic eruption of the TeideAfter having activated a special plan for volcanic eruptions, an investigation has clarified the causes of the earthquake.
A commission came to the conclusion that there was no volcanic cause for the earthquake. a The eruption of Teide is therefore not imminentMuch more, according to the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), were the ordinary earthquakes triggered by movements in the land plates.
Government of Tenerife with special plan
The earthquakes are residents and visitors Tenerife and the other Canary Islands actually used. About four times the earth shook every day in the last year, mostly it was minor vibrations that barely felt.
But on Friday it trembled an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale the Spanish archipelago between Tenerife and Gran Canaria. There has not been an earthquake of this magnitude for the past year.
According to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, over 20 phone calls were received from the authorities who reported the earthquake. But the wounded did not exist.
The civil protection plan for volcanic risks is applied
However, as a precautionary measure, the Government of the Canary Islands used the special plan for civil protection and emergency preparedness volcanoRisks a. This shows the "Tenerife News". A scientific committee will now meet to review the earthquake for volcanic activity.
The reason for the concern is the Teide Volcano:
- At 3718 meters, it is the highest point of the Canary Islands and at the same time the highest mountain in Spain.
- Teide is an active volcano that broke out for the first time in 1909.
- The volcano is located in a large national park, the nearest town, La Guancha, is only 11 kilometers away.
The volcano experts do not see any immediate danger of an epidemic
According to the first expert opinions, a volcanic eruption is unlikely, Tenerife News writes. The earthquake probably occurred through tectonic movements between the two islands.
Volcanic activity can not be completely excludedAs a result, the scientific committee meets on Monday in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.
The earthquake on Friday, according to the Spanish Geográfico Nacional Institute (IGN), occurred at a depth of about 14 kilometers and lasted for about a minute. Subsequently, two more earthquakes were followed.
also there were still major shocks over the weekend: During a Saturday earthquake, the magnitude was 2.8, on Sunday the earth shook with a magnitude of 2.0.
A Google Maps map shows where Tenerife is located.
Tenerife shakes the earth three times a day
Tenerife is the earthquake of the seven main Canary Islands. In 2018 there were 1,527 earthquakes, of which 1,180 measured in Tenerife. Only in Tenerife, the earth shakes on average more than three times a day.
In the north-east of Tenerife, a volcano is under special observation: in the north-east of the island lies the Cumbre Dorsal ridge. There is also an active volcano there, carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 according to Tenerife News at 1,300 tons per day. But even the volcano experts do not believe in a timely eruption in this volcano.
Every year half a million tourists from Germany
Tenerife is a popular tourist destination for mainly European tourists. According to the "Magazine of Travel", a total of 5.7 million overnight stays were booked in 2017. About half a million tourists per year travel from Germany to the island, which is best known for its black sand beaches.
Recently, a storm shook the Canaries in December.
The high waves ripped off whole balconies. In Germany there is also concern about a volcanic eruption, after the magma chamber had filled up under the Laacher.