Fears volcano in Spain could erupt after almost 100 mini earthquakes in just one morning

Its formation is said to make it extremely unstable

LAST UPDATED: 5 Oct, 2016 @ 14:54
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Volcano on Tenerife
Volcano on Tenerife

EXPERTS are investigating Tenerife’s volcano after 92 micro earthquakes were recorded on Sunday.

The quakes occurred as deep as 13km underground, prompting fears the volcano could soon explode.

Investigators are also concerned by the ‘abnormal’ amount of carbon dioxide in the air, a key indicator that an eruption could be about to happen.

The Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) said: “We are registering an important seismic rally on the island of Tenerife.

“In principle, these earthquakes are very low magnitude, consistent with those that occur in active volcanoes.

“The number of earthquakes is provisional pending the analysis of the signals more closely, but we can qualify this activity as a seismic swarm whose pattern is an alignment with prevailing direction northeast to southwest.”

Seismic activity in Tenerife over last few years
Seismic activity in Tenerife over last few years

Mount Teide has been dormant since it last erupted in 1909, but its fragile formation makes it extremely unstable.

Residents have begun questioning whether an evacuation plan has been put in place.

 

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