Sunday, November 6, 2011

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Texas Gulf Alert - 4.2 Million Dead Fish!


In the following report by Deborah Dupre for the Human Rights Examiner, authorities in Texas believe that the deaths of over four million fish in the Gulf, was caused by poison. Given what we have been witnessing with the mass die-off of wildlife creatures in America and across the globe, I have decided to highlight it, as the "official story" is often a radical departure from the truth.

Neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP) threatening human health along Texas Gulf Coast prompted Texas Department of Health to issue a warning to stay away from the Gulf area from Brownsville through Galveston where 4.2 million have been killed in the ongoing great Gulf die-off and to not eat the shellfish from there, a situation slightly relieved after a cold front Thursday blew toxins south according to Texas Park and Wildlife. "Staff of Padre Island National Seashore continue to find coyotes that are sick or dead, possibly from ingesting fish killed by the brevetoxin. Aerosols are light to nonexistent along South Padre Island despite moderate cell concentrations," Texas Park and Wildlife reported Thursday. Texas Department of State Health Services has banned commercial and recreational harvesting of shellfish in the area of the 4.2 million fish die-off and warned the public to stay away from the Gulf area to avoid neurotoxin shellfish poisoning. Since then, updates are hard to find in other news sources.

Victims of neurotoxic shellfish poisoning "have been frequently hospitalised with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and slurred speech."  This form of food poisoning can lead to dizziness and tingling sensations throughout a victim’s body and in rare severe cases, paralysis and difficulty breathing that can result in a fatality. PubMed Central says that neurotoxic shellfish also results in paresthesias (numbness, tingling, or a "pins and needles" feeling) of the mouth, lips and tongue plus distal paresthesias. The Texas health warning says, "Oysters can be toxic without any indication of red tide such as discolored waters, respiratory irritation or dead fish. People are also advised not to harvest and eat whelks from Texas waters as these species also accumulate toxin from the red tide organism." The latest mass fish die-off has been attributed to extreme heat causing extreme red tide in the area plagued not only by Big Oil's crude and Corexit, but also by Big Ag's oxygen-depleting algae blooms, fed by fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farm fields that produce aquatic dead zones -- water that cannot support sea life.

Oil is still gushing into the region, in some areas, as deadly as immediately after the spill, and Corexit is still being used to secretly carpet bomb. I was shocked to see a large fish kill stretching for almost 7 miles along the beach,”  Cameron County Commissioner Sofia Benavides said last week. “Birds were pecking at the dead fish as the tide brought them in. I expected to see lots of different types of fish but there was only one. "The stench was strong and my throat was hurting by the time I left.” Locals continue to ask the same question asked since the 2010 oil catastrophe, "Why doesn't the state post signs on the beach warning the public about the Gulf hazards to human health? Instead, CDC officials state on its website, accessible only to people with internet research skills, "When making travel plans, heed the advice of the Texas Department of State Health Services : get the current facts and draw your own conclusions." - Examiner.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Precursor to an Imminent and Monumental Disaster - Giant Sequoias Trees that Stood for 1,500 Years Falls Down!


"It can't be possible. That tree has been there thousands of years and then you realise the tree is falling and you had to run."... "It's very, very rare for a giant Sequoia tree to die standing up unless it's in a very, very severe fire."

These incredible pictures show how a pair of 1,500-year-old giant sequoias - whose branches are the size of normal trees - dramatically fell to the ground.

A German tourist watched the two 250ft trees fall to the ground at the Trail of 100 Giants in California and captured the amazing moments and the crushing sound on video. The trees lay the length of a football pitch and their diameter of their torn roots and base was 20ft. 'It can't be possible,' Gerrit Panzner, who watched the tree fall, told Catholic Online. 'That tree has been there thousands of years and then you realise the tree is falling and you had to run.' He heard loud ‘crinkling’ noises before they eventually fell - but nobody was injured. The trees are believed to have fallen over because they could simply not support their weight anymore.


They fell on the Trail of 100 Giants in the Sierra Nevada, which is a route accessible to wheelchairs that allows visitors to view more than 100 huge sequoia trees. Now Forest Service officials are deciding what to do with two of the world’s largest trees, as many conservationists have suggested they should be left alone. This would mean the trail would have to be rerouted around them, which could cause problems for wheelchair users who would not be able to use steep alternative paths, reported NBC News. 'It can't be possible. That tree has been there thousands of years and then you realise the tree is falling and you had to run.' Fallen trees can also be a habitat for wildlife and release nutrients back into the soil, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The trees became a national monument 11 years ago. Forest officials have even suggested building a bridge over the trees or cutting them up for firewood, reported NBC News. They are set to make a decision on what to do by next summer, but until then are inviting the public to help them decide. ‘It's very, very rare for a giant Sequoia tree to die standing up unless it's in a very, very severe fire,’ a district ranger told Catholic Online.
- Daily Mail.
WATCH: Giant Sequoias tree fall.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Sea Creatures Mystery in Lyall Bay, New Zealand!


The identity of a mystery clump of alien-like creatures found beached in Lyall Bay yesterday has puzzled experts.

Thousands of the tiny creatures were spotted washed up yesterday afternoon. The transparent creatures with black eyes and little legs could be from deeper water as they were darker than what is normal for intertidal species, a Niwa spokeswoman said. Auckland University associate professor Mark Costello said the creatures could be either Phronima or Hyperia amphipods.

Phronima lived inside salps - gelatinous animals that float in plankton - and fed on their innards while using the tube for their home. Hyperia live inside jellyfish. Both swam through the water using their back legs and despite their gruesome appearance were harmless to humans. "I wonder if the maker of the movie Predator had seen them as they could inspire some good sci- fi," Mr Costello said.

But Victoria University PhD student Lisa Bryant said it appeared to be a Themisto australis, which is the only species found in coastal mainland New Zealand. They formed in dense swarms and other strandings had been reported in places such as England and Canada. Themisto were some of the top predators in the plankton community, she said. Mr Costello said such a beaching was unusual and the creatures were probably washed ashore by the wind. Their eyes and legs were too large for sandhoppers. - Stuff.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.6 Quake Rocks Oklahoma - Strongest Tremor to Hit State, Buckles Highway 62, Damaging Homes & Infrastructure!


"They're reporting that all the houses look like they've been ransacked."... "Oh, man. I've never felt anything like that in my life," Morton told the Tulsa newspaper. "It was the scariest thing. I had a police officer just come in and sit down and all the sudden the walls started shaking and the windows were rattling. It felt like the roof was going to come off the police department."

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck Oklahoma at a depth of just 5 km ( 3.1 miles). The quake hit at 03:53:10 UTC, Sunday 6th November 2011. The epicentre was 34 km ( 21 miles) northeast of Shawnee, Oklahoma. The tremor was initially listed on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a 5.2 magnitude, but they have since adjusted it with an upgrade, with a couple of the stations measuring it as a 6.0 magnitude. This is the strongest earthquake to ever hit Oklahoma and there have been conflicting reports of damage and roads buckling including Highway 62.

Oklahomans more accustomed to tornadoes than earthquakes suffered through a weekend of temblors that cracked buildings, buckled a highway and rattled nerves. One jolting quake late Saturday was the state's strongest ever and shook a college football stadium 50 miles away while another of lesser intensity struck before dawn Sunday. "That shook up the place, had a lot of people nervous," Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon said of the late Saturday quake, the strongest of a series of quakes that began hours earlier. "Yeah, it was pretty strong." A magnitude 5.6 earthquake Saturday night was centered near Sparks, 44 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and could be felt as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin, according to reports received by the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 4.7 quake early Saturday was felt from Texas to Missouri. The Survey said the latest quake hit at 3:39 a.m. Sunday, measuring 4.0 in magnitude and centered 36 miles east of Oklahoma City. Like Saturday night's quake, it said, the quake Sunday took place a little more than 3 miles underground.


There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or major damage from the quakes or many small aftershocks, but a number of homeowners and businesses reported cracked walls or fallen knickknacks. At Shawnee, the fire department said one spire on the administration building at St. Gregory University had been damaged and another one was leaning, according to KWTV in Oklahoma City. "Earthquake damage in Oklahoma. That's an anomaly right there," Todd McKinsey of Moore told The Oklahoman newspaper after a magnitude 5.6 temblor centered 50 miles away left him with cracked drywall. Oklahoma typically has about 50 earthquakes a year, and 57 tornadoes, but a swarm of quakes east of Oklahoma City contributed to a sharp increase in the number of temblors. Researchers said 1,047 quakes occurred last year, prompting them to install seismographs in the area. A cause of the uptick wasn't known. Saturday night's earthquake jolted Oklahoma State University's stadium shortly after the No. 3 Cowboys defeated No. 17 Kansas State. The crowd of 58,895 was still leaving when it hit, and players were in the locker rooms beneath the stands at Boone Pickens Stadium.


The temblor seemed to last the better part of a minute, rippling upward to the stadium press box. "Everybody was looking around and no one had any idea," Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden said. "We thought the people above us were doing something. I've never felt one, so that was a first." An emergency manager in Lincoln County near the epicenter said U.S. 62, a two-lane highway that meanders through the gently rolling landscape between Oklahoma City and the Arkansas state line, crumbled in places when the stronger quake struck Saturday night. Other reports in the early hours Sunday were sketchy and mentioned cracks in some buildings and a chimney toppled. The magnitude 4.7 earthquake that struck the area early Saturday – and a number of aftershocks following both large quakes – rattled homes and businesses, but emergency officials said no injuries were reported and that there had been no immediate reports of major damages. "Nothing is destroyed or anything like that," Prague City Police Department dispatcher Claudie Morton told the Tulsa World after the Saturday morning quakes. But authorities said they would need to await daybreak for better light to assess any damages from the later, more powerful quake.


The late-night quake was slightly less in intensity than a temblor that rattled the East Coast on Aug. 23. That 5.8 magnitude earthquake was centered in Virginia and was felt from Georgia to Canada. No major damage was reported, although cracks appeared in the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral suffered costly damage to sculpted stonework, and a number of federal buildings were evacuated. If the 5.6 magnitude from Saturday's late quake is confirmed, it would be Oklahoma's strongest. USGS records show that a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck El Reno, just west of Oklahoma City, in 1952 and, before Oklahoma became a state in 1907, a quake of similar magnitude 5.5 struck in northeastern Indian Territory in 1882. "Oh, man. I've never felt anything like that in my life," Morton told the Tulsa newspaper. "It was the scariest thing. I had a police officer just come in and sit down and all the sudden the walls started shaking and the windows were rattling. It felt like the roof was going to come off the police department."


Morton said the office was flooded with calls, but no one reported any severe injuries or damage. She said residents told her that picture frames and mirrors fell from walls and broke, drawers worked loose from dressers and objects tumbled out of cabinets. "We do have several damaged buildings downtown, but it's just cracks and things like that," Morton said. Oklahoma Geological Survey researcher Austin Holland told Oklahoma City television station KOTV that the earthquake and aftershocks occurred on a known fault line. Residents in Prague and Sparks felt an intense shaking, but for those farther away the quake was more of a dull rumble, he said. "It shakes much more rapidly when you're closer to it," he said. "Because it's a large earthquake, it's going to rumble for a while." - Huffington Post.
Crews in central Oklahoma were out early Sunday morning assessing for damage from the largest quake to hit the state since record-keeping began. The 5.6-magnitude quake struck 4 miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County at 11:53 p.m. ET Saturday. No major injuries were reported, but the quake caused at least three sections of U.S. Route 62 to buckle, said Aaron Bennett of the Lincoln County 911 and emergency management. A boulder rolled into a rural county road, blocking it. Crews also reported some structural damage, including a roof collapse and a damaged ventilation system in a municipal building. "They're reporting that all the houses look like they've been ransacked," Bennett said of the assessment crews.

At least one person was taken to a hospital in Prague with minor injuries, he said. The man hit his head against a wall when he tripped and fell while trying to run out of his house, Bennett said. In Broken Arrow, resident Bubba Fernandez said the earth shook for a full minute when the quake struck. "It was at least a minute," Fernandez told CNN affiliate KTUL. "Upstairs, my kid's trophy, the piano upstairs, the little tassels on the fan -- it was at least a minute." Some 200 miles away in Garland, Texas, resident Noel Kennedy said he felt the quake. "I heard stuff rattling. Mirrors were shaking," he said. - CNN.
WATCH: Quake rattles Oklahoma.


WATCH: Eye-witness report.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Geological Upheaval - Sea Intrusion in Pakistan Has Already Swallowed 2.2 Million Acres of Fertile Land!


In the following excerpts taken from an article in Pakistan Today, the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) makes a stunning declaration about the monumental geological upheaval taking place in the flood-ravaged country.

Scenes from flooding in Pakistan this year.
At the meeting, the speakers reminded the Pakistan People’s Party-led government to initiate developmental projects for the local communities, who are prone to disasters due to sea intrusion, persistent water shortage, inadequate education, health and sanitation facilities. They said the area under the Zulfikarabad project has experienced mass migration in the past 60 years because of depleting natural resources for their livelihoods and drinking water shortage. The PFF chairman said that sea intrusion has already swallowed 2.2 million acres of fertile lands and the people are being forced into a further helpless situation by developing such anti-people and anti-environmental projects. “Around 250,000 people in the affected area are living a vulnerable life and need immediate help.”

“For the past 30 years, marine ecology in the area has been under threat and now in case the people allow initiating such projects, they will suffer huge losses in terms of displacement and destruction of natural resources,” Shah said. “This is not an issue of the people living in Thatta district only but the entire province will face the consequences. Hence, it is the responsibility of the people associated with political parties and different professions to disregard their affiliations and realise the sensitivity of the issue and raise their voice against it.” According to the PFF chairperson, the project area of Zulfikarabad will include mangrove forests, more than 300 islands and four major fish-landing sites: Keti Bunder, Kharo Chhan, Dhado Bunder and Shah Bunder, where over 1,000 fishing boats are operating on daily basis and contributing to the national exchequer; whereas, people of around 480 villages will be displaced.
Read the full article HERE.

WATCH: Millions affected by floods in Pakistan!


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Homes Buried As Landslide Hits Colombian City - Killing at Least 14, Dozens Missing With Widespread Damage!


A landslide caused by heavy rains in Colombia has killed at least 14 people and left dozens more missing. Rescue workers are desperately searching for survivors.

Red Cross official Cesar Uruena said homes were buried in the city of Manizales in Caldas states, 102 miles (165km) northwest of the capital, Bogota. Around 60 people are still believed to be missing and rescue teams have been searching through the mud to find them. Caldas emergency services director Sandra Lopez said heavy rains pounded the area on Friday night and caused part of a mountain to collapse onto houses. Colombia is having one of its worst rainy seasons in memory which has left 37 people dead and forced the evacuation of at least 245,420 people in the past week. - Sky News.
Red Cross officials have said that a landslide has left 14 dead and dozens more missing in northwest Colombia. Rescue workers are still working to try and locate people trapped in the mud so that they can pull them out to safety. Aerial footage shows that the hill above Manizales has come away and crumbled down onto houses below. Streets and homes are engulfed in mud, and roofs of houses peak out of the soil. The wait for news of family members trapped in houses in the landslide is too much for some. "My family is down there, (referring to the landslide area) three cousins and my aunt and there is no information about them," cried one woman as she watched the rescuers digging through the mud. The landslide occurred after a night of heavy rainfall. As a precautionary measure, authorities have evacuated homes near Manizales in case of further landslides. - Telegraph.

WATCH: Massive landslide in Colombia.


DELUGE: Weather Anomalies - Six Die As Flash Floods Sweeps Italy!


"This was a completely unexpected tragedy."


Six people have died in flash floods after torrential rains lashed Genoa and Italy's western coastline. Raging water uprooted trees and swept cars and furniture through the streets. According to various news reports, six people were confirmed dead and one person was missing. Two of the dead were reported to be children.

Six people were killed Friday when the Italian port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during heavy rainfall, including a woman who was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water. "There have been six deaths," said the local prefect, Francesco Musolino. Hundreds of shops were flooded and emergency officials urged residents to move to high ground and upper floors as waters rose and firefighters used rubber dinghies and divers to evacuate people, officials said. Five of the victims, including two children, died when the lobby of an apartment block in which they had sought shelter flooded.

"This was a completely unexpected tragedy," said Genoa mayor Marta Vicenzi. Motorways in the area were also closed off and flights re-routed away from the local airport. Schools will be shut on Saturday. "People should avoid bridges and streams and not sleep on first floors or in areas that are easily flooded," said Renata Briano, a local emergency official. Briano said residents of the northwestern city should "stay safe and head for high ground if in danger" as well as avoid using cars unless absolutely necessary. The head of the local Liguria region, Claudio Burlando, warned that the situation was "critical," adding: "Moving around is really dangerous." The flooding comes after heavy rains last week killed 10 people and caused tens of millions of euros (dollars) in damage in Liguria. - AFP.

Storms hit northwestern Italy today, killing at least six people and flooding parts of Genoa a week after torrential rain ravaged nearby coastal areas. Television footage showed cars floating and people wading knee-deep through flooded streets in Genoa, the largest city on the northwestern coast. Authorities described the situation as "extremely serious" and urged people to be careful. "Don't leave your house, move to higher floors, close shops and don't get in your car for any reason," Genoa's town hall warned on its website. Emergency services said at least six people, including several children, were killed in the floods. Last week the government declared a state of emergency in the northwestern Liguria region and Tuscany after storms lashed the coastal regions, killing at least 10 people and causing widespread flooding and mudslides. - Irish Times.
WATCH: Heavy storms and floods hit Genoa.

GLOBAL ALERT: New Developments at the Canary Islands - Surtseyan Eruption or Violent Explosion of the EL HIERRO Volcano is Imminent! UPDATE: Harmonic Tremors Developing With New Bursts of Activity! UPDATE: Strong Quakes & Fears of Landslides Force Road Closures! UPDATE: Surtseyan Eruption Phase Has Started, Mass Evacuations!


In the latest update from their ongoing tracking of the Canary Islands, the Earthquake Report (ER) is indicating that a Surtseyan eruption of the El Hierro volcano is imminent.

Surtseyan eruption: 1 water vapor cloud, 2 cupressoid ash, 3 crater, 4 water, 5 layers
of lava and ash, 6 stratum, 7 magma conduit, 8 magma chamber, 9 diked caption
Update 03/11 – 19:30 UTC:
Raymond Matabosch, The French volcano follower (see separate article) told us that he will spend the night in a tent at the El Julan heights, which have a great view on the Las Calmas sea. Raymond is convinced that, if the current harmonic tremor /seismic activity continues, a Surtseyan eruption will occur within the next few hours or days, and he does not want to miss such an event.

96 species of fish have been affected by the  eruption. There are no signs of any marine life within a radius of 1.5 km from the eruptive mouth.  In an extended radius of 3 miles, there is almost no marine life perceivable until a depth of 200 meter. Below 700 meter depth and further than 1.5 mile from the eruption vent, marine life is not affected anymore. The results have been reported by Marine professor Alberto Brito from the University of La Laguna, Canary Islands.

Update 03/11 – 19:20 UTC:
Harmonic tremor continues to be very strong and indicates that the eruptive process increases again. The quakes became weaker when the harmonic tremor strengthened. This also happened with the first Jacuzzi or burbuja episode. Pevolca is still together discussing the present situation.

Update 03/11 – 08:12 UTC:
Pevolca has announced yesterday evening that based on yesterday’s data, they could not conclude that an eruption is imminent. Increasing harmonic tremor and a turbulent seismogram are contradicting the words of Pevolca. The IGN scientists at Pevolca have however a lot more data than published on the IGN website.- Some of the more experienced amateur volcano followers have other opinions, although they admit that not having all the data is a problem to have a truly good view on the situation. The discussions go often very deep and tend to become very technical. One of the problems for scientists is that the past Surtseynian eruptions like the ones that happened in Iceland and in the Azores, are not as documented as eruptions are today, which make comparisons rather difficult. IGN has listed 19 earthquakes since midnight, the strongest one being a 2.7 to the West of Frontera. The depth varies in between 12 km and 22.10 km. Nothing special one would say, but harmonic tremor is indicating constant magma stress below the volcano. - ER.
According to Wikipedia, the following constitutes a Surtseyan eruption:
A Surtseyan eruption is a type of volcanic eruption that takes place in shallow seas or lakes. It is named after the island of Surtsey off the southern coast of Iceland. These eruptions are commonly phreatomagmatic eruptions, representing violent explosions caused by rising basaltic or andesitic magma coming into contact with abundant, shallow groundwater or surface water. Tuff rings, pyroclastic cones of primarily ash, are built by explosive disruption of rapidly cooled magma. Other examples of these volcanoes: Capelinhos, Faial Island, Azores; and Taal Volcano, Batangas, Philippines.
The following seismogram from the National Institute of Geography (IGN) illustrates this harmonic tremor and the constant magma stress.


UPDATE: Harmonic Tremors Developing With New Bursts of Activity!

The following constitutes the latest updates from Earthquake Report (ER).
The volcano remains very active. Harmonic tremor is still very strong with regular bursts of activity. Another important detail from the picture series published by the government this morning. Hot eruptive material. New images and video published by the Canary Islands Government are showing a long range of jacuzzis, by far the strongest eruptions so far. The set of pictures shows a lot of eruptive details. Scientists of IGN who could overfly the area this morning are now convinced that they have  lined up the different eruptive submarine vents.  It looks more and more that Las Calmas sea eruptions are fissure like vents opening up at different places...


Joke Volta reports from La Restinga: We just went from El Pinar to La Restinga. A very sulfurous ‘rotten egg’ odor was noticed on parts of the road. The viewpoint towards the Las Calmas sea is showing multiple Jacuzzi spots close to the island. [I believe] the jacuzzi to be closer to La Restinga than last week... A big mystery is the coloring in the El Golfo bay. was this coloring created by the sea currents or by new activity. The dark green patches can also be seen in the El Golfo area


16 + M1.5 earthquakes since midnight, 15 were greater than 2 and 10 were greater than 2.5. Based on the data above, it looks that the seismic activity will further increase today. We expect that we will have multiple +3 quakes during the rest of the day.
- we are not sure at all, but it looks that the new Jacuzzi location is different from the October 10 one.  If this would be true then the place of the current eruption will have another depth... Earthquakes are getting stronger again. Just recently at 23:06 a quake at 22 km depth measuring M 3.2 occurred NW of Frontera (the first one today above 3).
Read more HERE.

Here is a video presentation of the degassing lava fragments on the surface of the Calm Sea at La Restinga in El Hierro.

WATCH: Lava Fragments.


Images obtained in a flyby of Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) of the Canary Islands on the alignment of the emission zones eruptive process.

WATCH: Flight of GES.


UPDATE: Strong Quakes and Fears of Landslides Force Road Closures!

Here is an edited version of the latest updates:
Very strong harmonic tremor continues to feed the current eruptive vents... A strong magnitude 4.4 occurred at 20:36 UTC  West of Frontera. It was felt as a IV MMI light shaking. First reports from Frontera are mentioning NO damage. These quakes are threatening the re-opened  ‘Los Roquillos’ tunnel. Mr. Santana, chief safety of PEVOLCA declared earlier this week that from 4.5 on, the situation of the tunnel has to be reviewed... Pevolca has reported tonight that the eruptive vents have never been so close to the coast then today.  The fissure has been opened on various locations. They have not specified distances however... The 4.4 earthquake has triggered a number of landslides / rockfall in the  Sabinosa / Guinea area. People were so frightened in the El Golfo bay area that they stayed on the streets for some time. Based on our earthquake experience, we can stress that earthquakes with a hypocenter below 20 km will seldom generate damage below M 5.0 (and that’s a lot stronger). Cracks in walls and collapsing old badly maintained stalls are always possible though... New 3.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 00:16 UTC in the Puerto Naos area. The depth: 11 km. The quake was felt by islanders.

The Director of the Civil Protection Plan for Volcanic Risk (PEVOLCA) has decided this evening to close the tunnel access road until 7.30 am as a preventive measure due to the 4.4 earthquake which took place at 20:36 hours. The possibility that a larger quake could occur according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN) required the notification to the public. The opening of the tunnel in the morning will be done with surveillance and security measures in place. The families living in 11 houses in Las Puntas have been evacuated out of fear of damaging landslides. 3 rather strong earthquake respectively 3.0, 3.5 and 3.9 have struck the El Golfo area to the North West of Frontera. The focal depths were in between 20 and 21 km (as most of the others before). The big difference with prior periods is that we now are having AND continuing strong earthquakes AND also INCREASED STRONG harmonic tremor. The rescaled IGN graph (yesterday evening) is almost saturated again. All this means very strong volcanic action below El Hierro...


We expect that Pevolca is re-considering the (partly) closure of the Los Roquillas tunnel due to the frequent and strong earthquakes. The landslides and rockfall yesterday evening at Las Puntas (greater Frontera area) and the mandatory evacuation of 11 houses are indications in that direction... The coastal village / town of La Restinga is almost strangled by the current events. The village, mainly dependent on small fisherman and diving companies, is going through his hardest time since his existence. As all trade did came to a standstill since the early evacuation days, people have hardly something to eat!... Pevolca has just declared the closing (until further notice) of the Los Roquillos tunnel. Reason: risk of rockfall and landslides. The tunnel was already closed during the nightly hours, re-opened during the morning and awaiting a final verdict from Pevolca.  The strong 4.4 earthquake from yesterday evening was probably the main trigger for the difficult decision... The decision of Pevolca will have more impact then before, because they also ordered the closure of a number of roads on the Al Golfo part of the island. Fear of landslides and rockfall is also here the reason. No additional action is planned at the moment for the volcanic risks.
UPDATE: Surtseyan Eruption Phase Has Started, Mass Evacuations!

New updates from Earthquake Report and Tumbit:


Families evacuating La Restinga.
Raymond Matabosch reports from his location at El Hierro that, following him, the Surtseyan Eruption phase has started. Burst of ash and water are ejected out of the  sea every 30 to 40 minutes. The present very strong harmonic tremor accompanied by powerful bursts who occur every 30 to 40 minutes, may sustain the process for some time to come. If the current vents remain open, and if the bursts continue, the gases mixed with ash and steam will have to overcome the water column pressure. They almost did late this afternoon, and will probably continue trying to do so the next couple of hours. Once the pressure from below is strong enough to break the water resistance, fountains of steam mixed with ash will blow into the air. At first during the bursts (compare it with geysers) followed by more continuous fountains. If all this happens a few km out in the sea, the island will at max. get some ash showers. These kind of shallow depth eruptions coming above the surface are called Surtseyan eruptions... A car with loudspeakers is driving through the village calling for the evacuation. UME (military emergency unit) is helping with the evacuation. People are calm and are overpowered with what happens. At first people of La Restinga thought that the big black bubble was a boat. They were really surprised that it was the volcano getting more active. - Earthquake Report.

The Civil Protection Plan for Volcanic Risk in the Islands (PEVOLCA) monitoring the recent seismic activity on El Hierro have ordered the evacuation of the town of la Restinga, on the southern-most coast of the island, close to the recent underwater volcanic eruption. The decision was made after observing changes in the eruption, which has now increased in intensity, and has now been accompanied with plumes of ash. Around 250 residents of the town attended a meeting with the Mayor on the local football field, where they were advised by the Emergency Military Unit (UME) to leave their homes and seek temporary accommodation with friends or relatives, or, failing that, seek assistance and a temporary camp that has bee set up in nearby Valverde. Under normal circumstances the town of la Restinga houses around 600 residents, however many residents have still not returned to the town since the first evacuation took place on the 12th of October. - Tumbit.