| A TOTAL of 125 earthquakes were recorded on the island of El Hierro today, just after its coastal areas were placed on 'yellow alert' over the risk of volcanic eruption.
Having been under surveillance all last summer and autumn when an underwater volcano began to erupt off the coast of La Restinga, accompanied by over 8,000 earthquakes, the danger seemed to have passed by March this year – only to rear its head again this week.
Only four of Saturday's earthquakes were found to be over level three on the Richter scale, and even then, only just.
The remainder were between two and three, meaning they were strong enough to be felt, but not enough to cause damage of any significance.
In total this week, 1,100 earthquakes have been detected between Frontera, El Pinar and, ironically, the inaptly-named village Mar de las Calmas.
So far, the highest has been 3.8 on the Richter scale, which may have caused some minor property damage, but not produced any real danger to human safety.