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Spain – Canary Islands – El Hierro – Last eruption : 2011
The triangular island of Hierro is the SW-most and least studied of the Canary Islands. The massive Hierro shield volcano is truncated by a large NW-facing escarpment formed as a result of gravitational collapse of El Golfo volcano about 130,000 years ago. The steep-sided 1500-m-high scarp towers above a low lava platform bordering 12-km-wide El Golfo Bay, and three other large submarine landslide deposits occur to the SW and SE. Three prominent rifts oriented NW, NE, and south at 120 degree angles form prominent topographic ridges. The subaerial portion of the volcano consists of flat-lying Quaternary basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and tuffs capped by numerous young cinder cones and lava flows. Holocene cones and flows are found both on the outer flanks and in the El Golfo depression. Hierro contains the greatest concentration of young vents in the Canary Islands. Uncertainty surrounds the report of an historical eruption in 1793.  (some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 08 01:33 2.6 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jan 04 11:38 2.8 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 24 02:08 2.6 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 17:33 2.5 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 16:33 2.3 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 15:48 2.5 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 15:42 2.8 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 15:10 2.7 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 14:45 2.7 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 05:38 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 04:49 2.6 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 04:37 2.5 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 04:24 2.8 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 03:31 2.5 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 01:53 2.7 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 01:36 2.6 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 01:16 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 00:15 3.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 00:11 2.5 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 23 00:09 2.6 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 23:30 2.9 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 23:29 2.7 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 22:44 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 22:30 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 16:34 3.1 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 15:46 2.5 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 15:24 2.7 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 15:12 2.6 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 14:30 2.7 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 12:16 3.2 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 22 10:51 2.8 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 14 21:42 2.6 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 20 02:46 2.8 21 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 13 13:46 3.3 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 13 01:48 2.6 22 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 03 13:01 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Oct 28 18:37 2.5 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Sep 30 07:08 2.7 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Sep 07 12:18 2.8 22 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Sep 06 13:25 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 15 08:19 2.9 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 13 03:04 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 13 00:11 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jul 29 14:11 2.6 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jul 28 16:22 3.0 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jul 28 01:40 2.8 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jul 08 12:35 3.1 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region May 31 04:39 3.2 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 24 21:03 2.6 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 15 01:27 2.7 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 10 09:09 2.7 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 09 22:27 2.6 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 04 14:08 3.2 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 03 17:17 2.6 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 31 09:40 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 31 03:53 3.5 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 30 04:51 3.6 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 17:45 3.9 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 17:01 4.5 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 12:30 3.7 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 09:41 4.3 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
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  • EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 09:30 3.2 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 08:13 4.6 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 29 07:58 4.3 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 22:22 4.1 22 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 16:02 3.5 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 06:05 3.3 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 05:59 3.0 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 05:55 3.2 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 05:52 3.3 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 28 05:28 3.2 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 19:55 4.1 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 17:22 3.8 22 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 17:16 3.7 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 16:10 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 15:09 3.2 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 15:01 3.3 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 14:04 3.2 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 13:47 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 13:41 3.5 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 13:37 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 13:32 3.7 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 12:58 3.0 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 11:26 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 06:01 3.0 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 05:53 3.2 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 05:51 3.3 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 05:37 3.0 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 04:34 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 03:49 2.8 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 03:15 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 01:18 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 00:21 2.9 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 00:04 2.7 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 27 00:01 2.9 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 23:39 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 22:43 2.7 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 22:27 3.2 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 22:26 2.9 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 22:07 3.1 15 MAP I Felt It


    Spain – Canary Islands – La Palma – Last eruption : 1971
    The 47-km-long wedge-shaped island of La Palma, the NW-most of the Canary Islands, is composed of two large volcanic centers. The older 2426-m-high northern one is cut by the massive steep-walled Caldera Taburiente, one of several massive collapse scarps produced by edifice failure to the SW. The younger 1949-m-high Cumbre Vieja, the southern volcano, is one of the most active in the Canaries. The elongated volcano dates back to about 125,000 years ago and is oriented N-S. Eruptions during the past 7000 years have originated from the abundant cinder cones and craters along the axis of Cumbre Vieja, producing fissure-fed lava flows that descend steeply to the sea. Historical eruptions at La Palma, recorded since the 15th century, have produced mild explosive activity and lava flows that damaged populated areas. The southern tip of the island is mantled by a broad lava field produced during the 1677-1678 eruption. Lava flows also reached the sea in 1585, 1646, 1712, 1949, and 1971. (some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

    SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Feb 10 05:56 3.5 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    ER La Palma, Spain (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It


    Spain – Canary Islands – Tenerife – Teide – Last eruption : 1909
    The large triangular island of Tenerife is composed of a complex of overlapping Miocene-to-Quaternary stratovolcanoes that have remained active into historical time. The NE-trending Cordillera Dorsal volcanic massif joins the Las Cañadas volcano on the SW side of Tenerife with older volcanoes, creating the largest volcanic complex of the Canary Islands. Controversy surrounds the formation of the dramatic 10 x 17 km Las Cañadas caldera, which is partially filled by 3715-m-high Teide stratovolcano, the highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean. The origin of the caldera has been variably considered to be due to collapse following multiple major explosive eruptions or as a result of a massive landslide (in a manner similar to the earlier formation of the massive La Orotava and Guimar valleys), or a combination of the two processes. The most recent stage of activity beginning in the late Pleistocene included the construction of the Pico Viejo and Teide edifices. Tenerife was perhaps observed in eruption by Christopher Columbus, and several flank vents on the Canary Island’s most active volcano have been active during historical time.  (some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

    SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Feb 17 16:50 2.8 28 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 18 01:55 2.8 28 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 18 01:52 2.6 26 MAP I Felt It
    ER Tenerife, Teide, Spain (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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