Warning- Situation Update #8 – El Heirro is Now Red Alert Status

El Hierro volcanic activity continues to increase. Harmonic tremors that usually precede an eruption have been recorded, a new island just offshore has been forming, and a flank collapse could occur and possibly generate a tsunami.  These harmonic tremors are getting stronger and stronger. This news is also associated with some strong graphic bulges that are not earthquakes and have not been explained so far by seismologists, but may be associated with the dynamics of pressure impacts from recent solar activity.

A Red Alert now in effect. Some scientists believe a major eruption is imminent. Poisonous gas emissions are rising. A milky green plume in the water stretches 25-30 kilometers at its widest and perhaps 100 kilometers long, from a large mass near the coast to thin tendrils as it spreads to the southwest. The plume is likely a mix of volcanic gases and a blend of crushed pumice and seafloor rock.

This October 27th photo from space shows air and water plumes. Recently obtained lava samples indicate the possibility of an explosive eruption.

Diario El Hierro writes that the analysis of the recently found lava stones found in the Las Calmas sea, reveals they are of a type associated with major explosive characteristics which may indicate an explosive eruption is eminent. The University of Barcelona analyzed the samples said that they found these recovered lava samples were NOT of the Surtseynian type, which would have represented the kind of eruption everybody expected so far.  A 2011 scientific paper provides a brief review of a newly discovered catastrophic landslide deposit in Tenerife. One of the most intriguing but poorly understood landslide types is that of the volcanic flank collapse. In a volcanic flank collapse, the side of a volcano fails, usually catastrophically, generating a landslide. These slides can be really big – tens or even hundreds of cubic kilometers – and they can travel huge distances along the sea floor.  Remember the videos of Mount St. Helens eruption and imagine if Mt. St. Helens was an island.

On Oct. 9, 2011, an underwater volcano started to emerge in waters off El Hierro Island in the Canaries, Spain. Researchers of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO, Ministry of Science and Innovation) only needed 15 days to map its formation in high resolution. The volcanic cone has reached a height of 100 m and the lava tongue flows down its side, even though its activity has slowed down in the past few days. It was initially hoped that this undersea eruptive phase would have released pressure on the magma flow, but this does not seem to be what is actually happening.

East Coasters, please do not over-react to this information, but on the other hand stay very alert.  It is still a mystery to us that Spanish authorities and the Ministry of Science have not had the assistance of those nations that have satellite assets that could further help determine the status of the situation, such as the REDEYE or IR and magnetic emissions assets that could assist in determining the real nature of the current situation.  USGS staff was challenged on this very issue last week and the response was they have specifically not reported on the El Heirro situation because people do not have the comprehension of the real situation and would over-react and panic.  So we will continue to report to the best of our resources.


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10 thoughts on “Warning- Situation Update #8 – El Heirro is Now Red Alert Status”

  1. USGS, what bull military is on alert throughout the east coast of US. The expectation is greater than word. Panic comes in many forms. How if you are in charge handle a potential time-bomb with just hours warning, you can’t? Thus the conundrum the authorities have makes perfect sense. We shall see soon I suspect the reports of a possible Tsunami ‘no one knows for sure,’ has at least two avenues as respect to Canary islands. El hierro and La Palma which has been shown to erupt in conjunction. That is my two cents. Still I’d be very alert if living on east coast especially Florida!

    1. Larz – I agree with your evaluation concerning the conundrum authorities face. However, it is still IRRESPONSIBLE to say the least to not even use taxpayer funded organizations to at least aprise us of the situation. Doing nothing and saying nothing is just not acceptable in my humble opinion. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have 8-10 hours to get out of NYC than 1 hour!

  2. I was just on LiveChat with NASA today and they stated that withholding info from the public is immoral. Yet, we have this situation. Is the threat of tsunamis likely, or just a theory like Elenin was? I’m just curious, since I have not followed this story closely….

    1. JS- Believe me when I say a tsunami danger from a flank collapse of a volcano in the Canary Islands is very real and DOES have historical precedence. I and our team monitor seismic sites all over the world more than once EVERYDAY. The USGS is the ONLY site NOT reporting the seismic activity in the Canary Island. One thing about facts, and just the facts, is that anyone can perform the assessment and reach the exactly same conclusion. The FACT that the USGS is not reporting anything about the seismic activity on a daily basis is odd , at minimum. To also be fair to USGS, they are reporting the volcanic activity of El Heirro SINCE LAST WEEK on the global volcanic report, which is done weekly. However there is no discussion of the potential impacts to the east coast. Our whole purpose here is not to create some conspiracy. If you were a frequent reader of this blog you would understand we consider such stuff on the internet as disinformation distorting the truth. We honestly feel there is a threat to the east coast, that has historical perspective, and it is NOT being reported in MSM. The population density is such on the east coast that such an event now would be a disaster that would dwarf anything we have witnessed in our history in this country. WE are just trying to help make sure the people most likely affected by this potential disaster are informed as much as possible. Our motive is just that simple. Read more here: http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/explore/hazards/tsunami/jan05.htm

      1. The Madrid Fault quakes have been reported fairly consistently from USGS. One of the reason we are focused on seismic activity is we think there is at least anecdotal evidence that there is a relationship between increased seismic activity and geomagnetic pulses associated with CMEs. Flares from Solar Cycle 24 have been slowly increasing in frequency and intensity, and maximums are not expected until mid-year 2012 and early 2013.
        Secondarily, a series of three to five major earthquakes (believed to have been magnitude 7.0 or larger earthquakes) occurred in the NMSZ in the two month period between Dec. 16, 1811 and February 7, 1812. Several thousand additional “smaller” earthquakes occurred during the three month period from Dec. 16, 1811 to March 16, 1812. These included 15 quakes of magnitude 6.5 to 8 (the size range of the 1989 San Francisco, 1994 Los Angeles and 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquakes) and 189 quakes of magnitude 5 to 6.5. Two thousand of these quakes were felt by people, indicated by crude seismograph instruments and recorded in personal journals at Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, which are respectively 250 and 350 miles away. The New Madrid area was at the very frontier of European settlement at this time so there were very few non-native Americans living in the immediate area to report the earthquakes. Due to the harder, colder, drier and less fractured nature of the rocks in the earth’s crust in the central United States, earthquakes in this region shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California and most other active seismic areas.
        Given these facts, the New Madrid Fault’s capability to produce a 7-8 range seismic is statistically significant to say the least. Given the current population density currently existing, there would be significant loss of life and property. Those are the only things we can say for sure. Hope it helps.

  3. I understand earth is in a 33 year Volcanism cycle along with increased warming trend. I have read that some fear the mid atlantic ridge and the correlation of seismic activity around the rift especially Iceland’s Katla. Water is part of the flank equation especially in regards to El Hierro and possible Tsunami event. I live in CA yet my senses draw me here in the Canaries. I am aware that the west coast Cascadia is over due so is the San Andreas, Mt. Ranier, Hood, and even St. Helens is reporting activity. I do not wish to offend anyone but I see real truth to Edgar Cayce’s predictions. I have also seen a map that our Navy has showing the aftermath and what are called safe zones. There is something in the air so to speak. I am curious on how big earthquakes need to be for eruptions to occur? Up until 10 years ago I did not know super volcanoes existed nor meg-tsunami’s both should humble.

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