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October 11, 2011

Underwater seismic activity in the Canary Islands


Since mid-July, seismic activity has been detected around El Hierro (one of the Canary Islands) with experts claiming over 9,600 earthquakes, most too mild to be felt, have occurred.

Recent data, according to the news, is suggesting that yesterday morning there was in fact an underwater eruption at around 4:30 am local time, and gases have  been detected about 7 miles from La Restinga at depths of around 600m. Because the eruption seems to have taken place underwater, warnings were given for fishermen to avoid the area.

What most of you may not know is that La Restinga is an incredibly rich marine reserve – one that our expedition has had the privilege of studying over the course of several dives and we have footage that goes as deep as 500m. We thought you may be interested in seeing some of the incredible biodiversity from this gem of the Canary Islands.

Nothing is known yet of the potential impact the alleged eruption may have on the marine life in the reserve. We’ll keep an eye on the news and update you.