An earthquake of magnitude 3.1 was registered during the afternoon of this Thursday, September 16, in the vicinity of Los Llanos de Aridane, according to information released by the National Geographic Institute on its website. The epicenter has been located only 6 kilometers from El Paso, in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and has been recorded at a depth of six kilometers.
The earthquake was of low intensity, so only some inhabitants of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte or Villa de Mazo could have perceived it. Also, although official confirmation is lacking, there should have been no material or personal damage.
All those who have felt the earthquake have at their disposal the macroseismic questionnaire from which a magnitude will be assigned on the Richter scale. Through this card they can alert to their situation, as well as tell what they were doing at the time, if they themselves or their family members were awake, what was their reaction and if the objects moved or even fell to the ground.
The parameters established by the American seismograph Charles Francis Richter quantify the energy released by an earth movement according to values assigned logarithmically, so that a magnitude of 4 points is not twice 2 points, but 100 times higher. The maximum possible would be 12 degrees – enough force to fracture the surface of the Earth – while the largest earthquake ever recorded reached 9.5 degrees in Valdivida (Chile).
Epicenter of the earthquake in the vicinity of El Paso. (IGN)
386 earthquakes have occurred in the area in the last week, for a total of 390 so far this month. Thus, the earthquake of this Thursday, September 16, has been the strongest that has been registered in the area in recent times, above the one of September 15 of this year, which reached a magnitude of 3.5.