3.5 magnitude earthquake in the Canary Islands felt by the population

  • 15-11-2023
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  • Photo Credit: IGN
3.5 magnitude earthquake in the Canary Islands felt by the population

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) have reported that they recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday) off the coast of El Pinar in the southwest of El Hierro, the most significant earthquake recorded in the Canary Islands in the last 15 days.

The quake was registered at 2:44am at a depth of 29 kilometres, and although initially, the IGN website did not report any instances of it being felt, it eventually reached intensity II (on a scale of X) in the town of El Pinar. According to the European Macroseismic Scale, this means that the tremor is felt only in isolated cases.

The second seismic event occurred a few hours later at 8:10am at a depth of 30 kilometres, with a magnitude of 1.9 on the Richter scale, but this one was not felt by the population.

The IGN have also reported more activity in the area of the underwater Enmedio volcano, located between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where low-magnitude earthquakes continue to occur. Yesterday they recorded six ranging from 1.3 to 1.8 magnitude at depths between 13 and 26 kilometres.

In La Palma, in the area of the Cumbre Vieja eruption, two tremors have also been recorded, with magnitudes of 1.4 and 1.8 at depths of 12 and 13 kilometres. None of these earthquakes have been felt by the population.