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SCIENTISTS have warned that a volcanic eruption in Tenerife could trigger a tsunami that could cause “catastrophic effects”.
It comes as scientists assessed the impact that an episode of multiple extreme events in Tenerife, located in Spain’s Canary Islands, would have today. By reconstructing the last major geological cascading event that took place in the Canary Island 180,000 years ago in Al Abrigo, they were able to analyse what consequences it would have if history repeated itself. The results appear worrying, but the risks are said to not be immediate.
In the simulated scenarios, experts showed main urban centres and possible evacuation routes of Tenerife would be struck in the event of an eruption, as they could be enveloped by pyroclastic flow deposits and ash fall.
Around 180,000 years ago, Al Abrigo’s eruption also caused a surge of seismic activity when part of the volcano collapsed.
The scientists warned that if this happened again, it could produce “catastrophic” effects in several parts of the island and trigger a “devastating” landslide.
This would reportedly result in a tsunami that would most likely have a severe impact not only on the northern and western coasts of Tenerife, but also on other coasts of the archipelago.
Scientists assessed the impact that an episode of multiple extreme events in Tenerife would have (Image: Getty)
CSIC’s Geosciences Barcelona said in a statement: “Extreme geological events are natural phenomena (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides or tsunamis) of low probability, but high impact, which represent a risk for today’s society due to the difficulty in predicting them.
“These episodes, which can produce chain effects and have a significant local and global impact, are potentially probable on volcanic islands, such as the Canary Islands.”
But Marta Lopez Saavedra, lead author of the study, did give some reassurance that this is not likely to happen anytime soon.Source
***Scientists have stated that the eruptions of the volcano seem to be controlled. That can only mean that HAARP is playing a large part in this event.