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Red Alert Issued Volcanic Region in Canary Islands;Possible Tsunami Threat to U.S. East Coast

Discussion in 'Science, Technology, & Natural Disasters' started by Sean Osborne, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Sean Osborne

    Sean Osborne Well-Known Member

    This report was posted to the web a week ago (13 OCT 11). I just now received it in my daily intel brief and post it here as a "heads up."

    Geological Time Bomb: Red Alert Issued For El Hierro Volcanic Region in Canary Islands; Possible Tsunami Threat To U.S. East Coast


    The IGN, Spain's USGS equivalent, has issued a Red Alert warning for the El Hierro volcanic region in the Canary Islands amid thousands of earthquake swarms and volcanic activity which started in early August:

    SPAIN’S Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) confirmed on Tuesday that an underwater eruption has occurred five kilometres off the southern coastline of El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands.

    A Red Alert has since been issued by local authorities for the town.

    A notice posted on the Emergencia El Hierro website on Tuesday evening stated: “Phase pre-eruptive. It involves the initiation of a preventive evacuation. Make yourself available to the authorities.”

    Source: The Olive Press (Spain)

    For those not familiar with the volcano, it is situated off the northwest coast of Africa in the Canary Islands, an autonomous Spanish archipelago. While there is no danger to the United States from volcanic eruptions, it has been long theorized by researchers that a large enough eruption and earthquake may be capable of splitting a neighboring volcano, La Palma, in two, which would subsequently cause a land slide on a scale unprecedented in recorded human history. The result would be a massive Mega-Tsunami that would cross the Atlantic ocean, slamming into the Eastern cost of the United States, the Caribbean islands and parts of South America.

    While Tsunamis on this scale are incredibly rare according to researchers, a landslide in 1958 in Latuya Bay, Alaska caused a Mega Tsunami (video) whose wave was higher than the Empire State Building and washed over trees and land some 1,700 feet high above sea level.

    The theorized landslide in the Canary Islands would involve rock masses that far exceed the Alaskan landslides, estimated to be 10,000 times as much mass, suggesting that the resulting Tsunami would easily exceed three thousand feet (30 times bigger than the the 2004 Indian ocean Tsunami) and travel at roughly 450-500 miles per hour. The wave would slam into the Eastern seaboard with extreme force threatening over 200 million people who live in states from Florida to Maine, the north eastern Canadian coast, the Caribbeans, Brazil and Venezuela.

    Simon Day, of the College University of London, says the La Palma volcano, situated in the earthquake zone and less than 100 miles from Hierro, is a geological time bomb:

    What we envisage is the whole of this coast line [approximately 1/6 the entire mass of the island] and the slope extending up, all the way to the crest of this volcano that is now in the clouds… will slide away in a single massive landslide into the ocean, pushing the water up in front of it to create the Tsunami wave.

    An previous earthquake (1949) in the Canaries caused the La Palma volcano to actually split nearly in half, prompting scientists to begin warning of the real possibility that massive earthquakes and volcanic activity could be devastating to residents of not only the Canary Islands, but North and South America, as well.

    Video Simulation: Time Line of Canary Islands Landslide Originated Mega Tsunami:

    Given that the entire region is under earthquake warnings and parts of the Canary Islands are now being evacuated, with a red alert having been issued in the Hierro area, we find it necessary to, at the very least, inform our East Coast readers of the possible threat should a massive earthquake in the region cause a breaking away of parts of the island(s).

    The USGS is apparently refusing to issue news, alerts or warnings to East Coast residence regarding the progressively deteriorating circumstances surrounding the El Hierro volcano in the Canary Islands, and a search of the USGS web site resulted in no information, news, alerts or warnings for how these events may affect the United States. Primary news channels remain silent on any possible threats as well. Modern Survival Blog's research indicates the activity is so significant that the Canary Islands have been sinking since July of this year and we are now receiving reports of widespread volcanic flows in the ocean:

    A look at the GPS stations there, reveals quite evidently that most of them (6 of 10) in the area are literally sinking, and have been doing so since about July of this year. My own observations of other volcanic regions have shown that there is often ‘inflation’ or rising of the land mass prior to volcanic eruption. In this case though, there is rather dramatic deflation to the northeast of El Hierro, particularly ‘Canarias’. The region is sinking…

    In stark contrast though at El Hierro, today, from VolcanoLive.com (John Seach), “An undersea eruption began off the coast of El Hierro Island, Canary Islands on 10th October 2011. Initial reports have placed the eruption site a few kilometres off the south coast of the island at a depth of about 450 m. The eruption has only been confirmed from seismic activity.”

    It is our intention to keep the public aware of the possibility of large-scale natural disasters, and the events taking place in the Canary Islands certainly qualify. As the information above suggests, such events are rare, yet extremely destructive if they come to pass.

    At this time we advise those on the East Coast to remain aware of the earthquake swarms off the coast of Northwest Africa. In the event a massive enough quake occurs, dislodging parts of the La Palma volcano, you'll have approximately seven (7) hours to evacuate the east coast of the United States and make your way inland before the first wave hits.

    Resources: Global Rumblings, Earthquake Report, Stan Deyo, Modern Survival Blog, Maine Geological Survery
  2. Keeplookinup

    Keeplookinup Well-Known Member

    And why do you think that is? Because they don't believe it's much of a threat? Or they think it would start a panic? (I don't):scratch: My guess is they don't agree with the threat level.
  3. Sean Osborne

    Sean Osborne Well-Known Member

    Here's the USGS most recent report:

    Seismo-volcanic Swarm on Hierro, Canary Islands

    An energetic swarm of earthquakes, most below M 3, has been occurring on the island of Hierro, in the Canary Islands, Spain. The earthquakes in this swarm are too small to be accurately located using the USGS global network of seismometers but are being detected by a local seismic network operated by Spain's Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN). As of 10 October, IGN has recorded more than 9900 events in the area since 19 July. They are continuing to monitor the earthquakes and the volcano, which is currently at "Yellow" alert status. For the latest information about this swarm and the volcano, please see the information on the IGN website (in Spanish).

    Yesterday, 19 OCT 11, the linked IGN Website did indeed raise the alert level to (Rojo, nivel 1, en la Restinga (El Pinar)) Red, level 1, in the Restinga (the Pine).
  4. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member

    I read something about this about a month ago--I can't remember how I stumbled onto it...but it is strange something is going on with it now.

    If one part of that island slipped off it would cause a huge tidal wave--and I think would reach us in about six hours. Can you imagine trying to evacuate NYC in six hours?? Not to mention any place on the east coast.
  5. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

    from the USGS site:


    I wouldn't exactly say that the USGS has been silent on this; they are watching the situation.
  6. Keeplookinup

    Keeplookinup Well-Known Member

    Whoa....! I have family and friends on the east coast and I know many of my brothers and sisters here on RF are also on the east coast. Let's just pray that God keeps a restraining hand on this one! :pray:
  7. Sean Osborne

    Sean Osborne Well-Known Member

  8. ShilohRose

    ShilohRose Well-Known Member

    I wonder how far inland they would expect the tsunami to hit. How far away would people have to go to be safe?
  9. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member


  10. Sean Osborne

    Sean Osborne Well-Known Member

    A balanced approach would include reviewing this material as well: La Palma Tsunami
  11. Forgiven

    Forgiven Well-Known Member

    Whew, thanks Sean! Perhaps I should move "learning how to swim" closer to the top of my bucket list - just in case... :lol:
  12. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

    We're concerned about parts of the islands falling into the sea and causing a tsunami, but we should pray for the 2,117,519 human beings who are living on those islands. :pray:
  13. Twinklingofaneye

    Twinklingofaneye Well-Known Member

    Any chance this might make it to wall street and clean up everything?
  14. FaithInChrist

    FaithInChrist Well-Known Member

    We cannot always save physical life. It is such a sad loss, it feels like a permanent seperation. I always wonder if the rift of seperation we feel when a love one is lost is a sampling of how God our Father feels when we turn away from him, but that is a subject for another day. I think right now we really need to be praying for the church and that eternal life is preserved, even in an event like a catastrophic disaster. So we should pray for a restraining hand and that the Holy Spirit move into the hearts of those that could be lost forever if an event such as this unfolds.
  15. Joseph The Carpenter

    Joseph The Carpenter Well-Known Member

  16. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member

    Yeah, ShilohRose...I wouldn't worry about this. Some of it is interesting, probably good to know for reference--but most of these presentations are pretty much "chicken little" stuff. I think most of those areas that could be catastrophic are being reserved for the Tribulation period anyway. Something we won't see.
  17. Elijah's Mantle

    Elijah's Mantle Well-Known Member

    the bigger scare is those exsperts know for certain if it did happen
    there is no possibility of evacuating millions of people and that is the bigger reason they just issiue red alerts they realize they are incapable of taking responsibility for mass amounts of people all at once and FEMA is about broke which does not help much in an emergency evacuation protocol its up to people to stay alert to this possibility happening and be ready to get themselves and their loved ones out . :thinking: I am not certian anyone down in Florida or wherever could drive fast enough to get out :scratch: and that's ""IF"" they knew in advance to Go right then
    kinda a catch 22 situation

    what would they report if they knew it was happening ? :twitch

    not enough time to do much with a wave rushing across the ocean at 5 to 6 hundred miles an hour :twitch

    all they could do is tell the people
    run for your lives :shocked
    more people could be killed in a mass stampede exit than the Tsunami itself
    pray nothing like that happens :pray:
    yet it could happen is the worry
    It would wipe out mass populaces of people if it did happen
  18. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

    Well, looking into it, a tsunami occurs when there is a large displacement of water under the ocean; this article explains more about it:

    Tsunami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I don't think part of an island falling into the ocean would cause a tsunami, but the quake that would cause it might be another cause for concern. In any event, I would have to echo FaithInChrist's post.
  19. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member

    I thought they called them Tidal Waves in the Atlantic and Tsunamis in the Pacific. Or do they just use Tsunami for everything now?
  20. SonSeeker

    SonSeeker Well-Known Member

    They just use Tsunami for everything now. Apparently Tidal Wave sounds too old school. (But that's when I went to school:elmogrin.)

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