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Spain. Canary Islands. Tenerife, Gran Canaria. Increase in seismic activity

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Gran Canaria and Tenerife, two islands belonging to the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, recorded an increase in seismic activity over the past week, according to information from the national geographic institute (Instituto Geográfico Nacional).

More than 100 low-magnitude tremors have been registered in western Tenerife this week, according to data recorded by the National Geographic Institute (Instituto Geográfico Nacional). The tremors had the characteristics of the so-called seismic swarm. A seismic swarm is a group of close-knit earthquakes that occur one after the other in a short period of time.

According to Spanish scientists, this was most likely due to the movement of steam, water and gases inside the hydrothermal system of the Teide volcano located on the island. It was the third recorded seismic swarm in Tenerife in less than a month.

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Tremors in Gran Canaria

In the west of Gran Canaria, three stronger tremors of up to 3.7 magnitude have been recorded in recent days – the largest since 2011. Presumably, they were related to the undersea volcano Enmedio, located between Tenerife and Gran Canaria at a depth of 2,100 meters. The head of the regional government, Angel Victor Torres, said that tremors are normal on seismically active islands and do not mean a greater likelihood of a volcanic eruption in the short to medium term.

‘The inhabitants of the Canary Islands are in the good hands of scientists who are conducting research in the archipelago,’ he said.

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