Hundreds of earthquakes hit Canary Islands

2012-06-28 11:39
Hundreds of earthquakes have been shaking the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro, data issued by the National Geographic Institute showed Wednesday.

About 580 earthquakes were registered from Monday to Wednesday. Thirty of them were greater than magnitude 3 on the Richter scale - a level at which they can usually be felt.

Security officials linked the quakes to underwater seismic activity, saying movements of magma had been detected at a depth of 20 kilometres in the sea. They said there was no danger for the population.

El Hierro experienced similar tremors in 2011, when the island experienced a volcanic eruption that began in October and lasted for five months. The village of La Restinga was evacuated several times during this period.

The eruption and the accompanying earthquakes caused no injuries or significant damage, but hurt tourism on the island.

- SAPA

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