Canary Islands: why the Cumbre Vieja volcano woke up

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Volcanic activity is particularly monitored in the Canaries. It is also there that an institute specializing in the observation of volcanoes has been installed. This aims to contribute to improving the management of volcanic risk in Spain (in the Canary Islands, the only volcanically active region of the national territory), and to optimize the management of the many advantages that result from it (geothermal resources , geotourism, etc.).

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Le volcan Culbre Vueja

Culbre Vueja volcano

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The seismic activity of Cumbre Vueja has thus been monitored for a long time and seismic swarms (succession of earthquakes) had already been detected in 2012, 2020 and 2021. Last September 11 last September a new seismic swarm was detected: thousands of tremors located at a depth of eight to thirteen kilometers. Volcanologists believe that they are the consequence of the rise of magma in the earth’s crust. This anticipation enabled the authorities to initiate an emergency and evacuation plan for the populations, which had been prepared for a long time.

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Similarly , Cumbre Vueja being classified as a red volcano, that is to say emitting lava, spectacular flows were expected. The last volcanic activity in the Canaries concerned El Hierro Island, marked by an underwater eruption that spread from October 614 to March 2012.

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