60+ tremors hit Canaries

2013-03-26 19:07

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - More than 60 earthquakes rocked the Canary Island of El Hierro on Tuesday, Spain's National Geographic Institute said.

The quakes, most of which registered between magnitude 2 and 3, went largely unnoticed by residents.

More than 1 000 earthquakes have hit the smallest of the Canary Islands since 18 March, with the strongest measuring a magnitude of 4.1.

Officials said the underwater quakes had their epicentre at 10km off the coast and did not represent a danger for El Hierro's 10 000 residents.

Experts link the tremors to underwater movements of magma. In 2011, El Hierro experienced similar quakes prior to an undersea volcanic eruption, which occurred in October and lasted for five months.

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

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