Tenerife: Are holidays still safe to the island amid earthquake fears?
Tenerife and Gran Canaria have experienced over 270 earthquakes in just 10 days, which has raised fears that a volcano eruption is imminent.
The popular holiday destination is frequented by British tourists thanks to the sunny weather, cheap flights and English-speaking locals.
Spain sees over 12 million tourists every year, being one of the most popular choices for Britons just behind France.
The earthquakes could cause Mount Teide, found on the island and visited by three million people every year, to erupt.
Is Tenerife still safe to travel to for British tourists? This is the latest travel advice and updates for the Spanish island.
The biggest quakes in the area reached 3.2 magnitude
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is yet to update their travel advice for the destination in regards to natural disasters.
It only warns that forest fires are frequent in Spain and how tourists can avoid starting one.
Current advice for tourists in Spain refers to protests in Barcelona following the Catalan political unrest, as well as risks of balcony falls.
Terrorist fears are also still a high-risk factor for British tourists who are advised to stay alert in popular areas.
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Tenerife: Over 270 earthquakes raise fears of a volcano eruption
The biggest quakes in the area reached 3.2 magnitude, according to Spain’s National Geographic Institute and hit between the islands on underwater fault lines.
Emilio Carreño, director of the National Seismic Network, told Canary News that the earthquakes are “not usually associated with volcanology”.
He advises that some areas such as Jaen in southern Spain can see up to 600 earthquakes in the area with no concerns.
Dr Simon Day, an earth scientist at University College London’s Institute told MailOnline: “Unless the earthquakes continue and become more intense and shallower over a period of weeks, I wouldn’t see any major cause for concern from this recent seismic activity as reported by IGN.”
Mount Teide is over 12,000 foot tall and was declared a National Park in 1954. It hasn’t erupted in over a decade, with it last exploding in 1909.
Tenerife: The island is home to Mount Tiede, spotted in the distance, which last erupted in 1909
Spain has recently brought in a number of changes to the popular islands and cities to protect the country from mass tourism.
Palma announced changes to holiday rentals, such as Airbnb, by banning them unless a license is bought.
This will hopefully prevent locals from being priced out of the region.
Valencia has followed suit by introducing a new law regarding home rental websites.
It will be voted for or against in the summer, with hopes it will be passed.