Seismic Activity In Canary Islands, Spain Increase From 330 To 1,500 Over Last Three Years
The seismic activity in the Canary Islands is increasing dramatically since 3 years, passing from 330 in 2016 to 1100 in 2017 and 1527 in 2018. Although new seismometers have been placed in strategic active spots (like the volcano Mount Tiede), it cannot be the only cause behind this spike. Is something brewing in this Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean?
Seismic activity Canary Islands 2018
This video features the seismicity in the Canary Islands as recorded by seismometers from the National Geographic Institute (IGN) over 2018:
According to data, 1527 earthquakes have been measured:
- 1180 in Tenerife and surroundings (less than 60 km from Teide)
- 121 on the island of La Palma (mainly during the crisis of February)
- 108 on the island of El Hierro and surroundings
Seismic activity Canary Islands 2017
In 2017, 1100 earthquakes have been felt in the Canary Islands.
Seismic activity Canary Islands 2016
In 2016, only 338 earthquakes were reported. That’s very low compared to 2017, 2018… But still interesting to note.
The Canary Islands is a seismic and volcanic active region in the world. But how to explain this dramatic increase (about 28%) in earthquakes?
Technology? Yes of course but it cannot account alone for such a spike! According to experts, Mount Tiede is not about to erupt, although most of the quakes measured hit close-by.
But there is an underwater fault between Gran Canaria and Tenerife. This is where almost all of the quakes struck. According to latest data, the underwater fault is currently inactive… But what if it started ‘living’ again? Yes, the Teide is near!