Holiday go-ers are petrified as fears dramatically increase that a volcano on the island of Tenerife may go off in the immediate future.
Over the weekend almost a hundred mini-earthquakes took place in the space of just four hours, leading experts to declare the spontaneous goings on as utterly ‘abnormal’, reports The Sun.
One of the micro-quakes measured as high as 1.5 on the Richter scale.
The spike in seismic activity took place incredibly close to Mount Tiede on Sunday, according to the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), leading many to fear an eruption is set to take place soon.
This fear is only furthered by the fact that there is far too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – a sign that an eruption is imminent.
We are registering an important seismic rally on the island of Tenerife.
In principle, these earthquakes are very low magnitude, consistent with those that occur in active volcanoes.
The number of earthquakes is provisional pending the analysis of the signals more closely, but we can qualify this activity as a seismic swarm whose pattern is an alignment with prevailing direction northeast to southwest.
Worryingly, there a thousands of people living incredibly close to Mount Tiede, all of whom are terrified that there is no real evacuation plan in place if the mountain does indeed erupt.
The dormant Mount Tiede hasn’t erupted since 1909 however due to the random surge in mini-earthquakes it could go off any minute…
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.