Published On: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2019

Tenerife EARTHQUAKE: Tenerife and Gran Canaria fault hit by magnitude 3.2 quake | World | News

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According to data from the 24-hour monitoring group the National Geographic Institute the earthquake hit 25 kilometres deep. It is the latest in a series of similar earthquake. Today’s quake hit at 7.45am local time in the Volcan de Enmedio fault, under the sea between the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The fault links the two islands.

The quakes were triggered by Enmedio, a dormant volcano. 

Eugenio Fraile, IEO scientist, said: “Enmedio is a volcanic, which has a range of depth of 1,630 metres at its peak and 2,100m at its base, with a maximum height of 470m.

“It’s quite a size. At the base of Enmedio, you can fit 539 football fields.” 

Experts from the University of Seville and the Laboratory of Astronomy, Geodesy and Cartography of the University of Cádiz have published a study in the Journal of Geodynamics in which the behaviour of the geodynamic zone of the island of Tenerife is analuyse.

Although the objective of the study was not the behaviour between the two areas, experts observed behaviour in the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria could be caused by the action of the fault between the two islands.

La Palma was recently rocked by earthquake fears over Cumbre Viejam, which lies on the island in the Canary Islands and is an active yet dormant volcanic ridge. 

Cumbre Vieja – or Old Summit as it is known in Spanish – has erupted twice in the last 70 years, first in 1949 and then again in 1971.

There have been more than a thousand tremors have been recorded from the Spanish volcano in the past couple of years, suggesting it could blow anytime.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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