Tenerife tourists in a panic over imminent volcano eruption

Holidaymakers fear Mount Teide volcano in Tenerife will erupt
Holidaymakers fear Mount Teide volcano in Tenerife will erupt

Holidaymakers on the island of Tenerife have been left in panic after a series of mini earthquakes.

There have been as many as 93 mini quakes over the last few days which has led many to suggest the volcano, Mount Teide, may erupt imminently.

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According to the Mirror the mini earthquakes happened as deep as 13km underground.

It's understood that seismic experts have been brought in to assess the origin of the mini quakes, the Express reports.

A statement from the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands says: "We are registering an important seismic rally on the island of Tenerife.

"In principle, these earthquakes are very low magnitude, consistent with those that occur in active volcanoes.

"The number of earthquakes is provisional pending the analysis of the signals more closely, but we can qualify this activity as a seismic swarm whose pattern is an alignment with prevailing direction northeast to southwest."

According to the official website, Mount Teide is the 'third highest volcanic structure and most voluminous in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii'.

The site also states that most previous eruptions have taken place at the base of the volcano because it's difficult for lava to reach the height of the top of the volcano.

The last time Mount Teide erupted was more than 100 years ago in 1909.