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Earthquake off Gran Canaria

Tuesday August 23, 2011

Earthquake off Gran Canaria

Following a large amount of seismic activity below El Hierro at the beginning of August, a small tremor was recorded yesterday just off the coast of Gran Canaria, the provincial capital for Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Measuring only 3.4 on the Richter scale, the quake had its epicentre at a depth of approximately 29 kilometres under the sea.

The National Geographical Centre confirmed that the small earthquake took place just off the coast of the municipality of Agüimes in Gran Canaria. No damage was caused to either buildings or people during the tremor, which happened at 15.15 in the afternoon, 10 kilometres from the coastline.

The emergency services recorded a high number of phone calls just after the quake, as residents called to report the tremors or to find out further information.

At the beginning of August, however, the island of El Hierro saw a high number of small seismic events, numbering up to 700 by the 5th of the month, most of which were of a magnitude of around 2.00.

The majority of these tremors were between 8 and 15km in depth beneath the El Hierro shield volcano. Apart from the increased quake activity, there have been no other signs of an imminent eruption, such as an increase in gases escaping into the atmosphere.

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