El Hierro Volcano, Tsunami and the America’s


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The volcano’s crater is partially submerged in water in the north.

The volcano named El Hierro in the Canary Islands has reawakened.  Hundreds of small earthquakes have been recorded in the past several days.  The strongest was a magnitude 4.4 on July 2.  The most recent was a 3.3 at a depth of 19 km, at 11:40pm July 2.    An earthquake of a magnitude 5 would be very bad, however multiple small quakes could trigger the long feared landslide on the western side of the island, which in turn could cause a massive tsunami to race across the atlantic ocean and hit North America, Central America and South America.  This tsunami could come inland up to 30 miles!   In contrast the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 only traveled a couple of miles inland. (sources on this were varied and the answers were actually difficult to find, some people say only 6500 feet while others say 7 miles inland).

The volcano has also showed a fast rate of deformation, caused by the buildup of magma beneath the surface, flowing southwest from the La Frontera vent.

If you live on the east coast of the americas or in the carribean you might consider moving to a high location inland.

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