A number of homes near the south of El Hierro island in the Canary Islands have been evacuated as fears grow over seismic activity in the region. Eleven households have been forcibly emptied and many other residents from the area have fled in anticipation of possible disaster.
Seismic activity in the area has been increasingly for nearly four months. On Friday, there was a 4.4M earthquake, followed a day later by one measuring 3.9M. This has led to increased offshore volcanic activity, which in turn has caused a build-up of debris in the area.
There are now concerns that any further activity could trigger a tsunami. Meanwhile, undersea volcano activity is releasing so much ash into the water that an entirely new island could be created. There have been more than 10,000 earthquakes in the area in recent months, though most of them have been too small for people to notice.