UPDATE: El Hierro, Canary Islands Earthquakes-Eruptions closer to To Cumbre Vieja – Oct 15, 2011
After the two volcanic eruptions off the coast of El Hierro, there seems to be some worrying developments.
Two underwater eruptions
The specialists and researchers working from the La Restinga area of El Hierro have confirmed that there is clear evidence of two underwater eruptions which have pushed magma up to the surface of the water and Residents of El Hierro have been observing the formation of ‘green patches’ on the sea surface, some 1 and a half miles from land, which appear to be growing in size at a rapid pace.
Translate: Scientists at the IGN-CSIC stated that “the stain, light green with tan areas, could be associated with emission fumaroliana depth greater than 150meters.”
Following the analysis of the situation, scientists have taken water samples which will be analyzed to confirm the existence of magmatic gases, as well as samples from fish that have been found dead and black coral from the area of the eruption. Carmen Lopez stressed that at present we have a single eruption with two points of underwater emission which at this point do not require additional preventive measures to the population of El Hierro, However, you can not rule out other points but insisted that the tremor signal has stabilized.
Meanwhile evacuation continues as well as 50 tourists were evacuated off La Restinga
Full report at canariesnews.com