Fears are growing over a volcano in the Canary Islands after hundreds of mini earthquakes beneath its surface caused the earth to rise.

Cumbre Vieja, on the volcanic ocean island of La Palma, near Tenerife, last erupted in 1971.

However, a flurry of tiny tremors beneath the volcano’s surface in just a matter of hours this week have reportedly caused lava to rise up from beneath.

The earth has also reportedly risen 3.5cm in the past year, reports the Express.

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Pico Viejo on the neighbouring island of Tenerife

The paper adds how experts have now rushed to the island to monitor the volcano’s progress.

A strict programme has now been set up to monitor the volcano’s activity, which will see scientists sample the waters, PH levels, conductivity, temperature, as gas emissions in the areas surrounding it.

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October has been a big month for volcanic activity on an international scale.

Just two weeks ago, a volcano in south-western Japan erupted for the first time in six years, spreading ash over nearby cities and towns.

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Smoke rises from the Japanese volcano (Tomoaki Ito/Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano on October 12.

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Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano, and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture.

The following day, it was then reported that the Yellowstone supervolcano in the US could erupt sooner than previously thought with potentially devastating consequences.


Researchers from the University of Arizona arrived at their conclusion after studying fossilised ash crystals from Yellowstone’s Lava Creek Tuff - believed to be from the supervolcano’s last big eruption 630,000 years ago.

Analysing these trace crystals, the scientists were able to figure out what the temperature and pressure was like beneath the earth’s crust thousands of years ago.

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Looking at the data, they were able to calculate the time between the fresh influx of hot magma and volcanic eruption.

To their surprise, they found the time frame was smaller than previously thought - measurable in decades.