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article imageEarthquake measuring 5.1 hits Canary Islands

By Amanda Payne     Dec 27, 2013 in Environment
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the small Canary Island of El Hierro just before 6 pm local time on Friday Dec 27. Tremors were felt across all of the Canary Islands.
Earlier this year, El Hierro was at the centre of major volcanic activity, with swarms of earthquakes leading to the entire island being lifted at one side and being moved to the east as was reported by Digital Journal. The small island, one of the the seven that make up the Canary Islands archipelago has been experiencing seismic activity on and off for two years now.
The earthquake came shortly after an announcement by INVOLCAN, the group of agencies who have been studying the seismic activity on the island, which said that there had been a sudden change in height, with parts of the island swelling by seven centimetres in the past few days and a swarm of more than 550 small earthquakes occurring between Monday and Wednesday. The island had been put on yellow alert, meaning that there is an increase in activity but there is unlikely to be an imminent eruption.
This latest quake is the largest since volcanic activity began back in 2011 and caused damage to buildings and rock slides. According to El Pais, there are no reports of injuries to people but two roads have been closed due to rock falls blocking them. Several aftershocks have been felt in the past few hours
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