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Comment on “Evidence from acoustic imaging for submarine volcanic activity in 2012 off the west coast of El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain)” by Pérez NM, Somoza L, Hernández PA, González de Vallejo L, León R, Sagiya T, Biain A, González FJ, Medialdea T, Barrancos J, Ibáñez J, Sumino H, Nogami K and Romero C [Bull Volcanol (2014) 76:882-896]

  • M. J. Blanco
  • E. Fraile-Nuez
  • A. Felpeto
  • J. M. Santana-Casiano
  • R. Abella
  • L. M. Fernández-Salas
  • J. Almendros
  • V. Díaz-del-Río
  • I. Domínguez Cerdeña
  • L. García-Cañada
  • M. González-Dávila
  • C. López
  • N. López-González
  • S. Meletlidis
  • J. T. Vázquez
Comment

Introduction

Pérez et al. (2014) report the presence of submarine volcanic activity observed off the western coast of El Hierro Island in June 2012. They present as their main evidence acoustic imaging records, interpreted as showing submarine plumes, and an aerial picture showing white traces on the sea, which are interpreted as pyroclastic material. Pérez et al. (2014) state that the superficial deformation, the geochemical changes, the strong seismicity, and what they call “earthquake tremor” also support their conclusions. Despite the fact that Pérez et al. (2014) do not use the word eruption either in the title or in the abstract, in the Discussion section, the authors affirm that the acoustic imaging data and the aerial picture provide sufficient evidence to infer the occurrence of a new submarine pyroclastic eruption and postulate that these plumes were produced by a short-lived eruption involving several jets. We have critically reviewed the content of that article and...

Keywords

Seismic Network Seismic Array Pyroclastic Material Volcanic Tremor Submarine Eruption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Blanco
    • 1
  • E. Fraile-Nuez
    • 2
  • A. Felpeto
    • 3
  • J. M. Santana-Casiano
    • 4
  • R. Abella
    • 3
  • L. M. Fernández-Salas
    • 5
  • J. Almendros
    • 6
  • V. Díaz-del-Río
    • 7
  • I. Domínguez Cerdeña
    • 1
  • L. García-Cañada
    • 3
  • M. González-Dávila
    • 4
  • C. López
    • 3
  • N. López-González
    • 7
  • S. Meletlidis
    • 1
  • J. T. Vázquez
    • 7
  1. 1.Instituto Geográfico NacionalSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Español de OceanografíaCentro Oceanográfico de CanariasSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain
  3. 3.Instituto Geográfico NacionalMadridSpain
  4. 4.Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global. Parque Científico-Tecnológico MarinoUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariaTeldeSpain
  5. 5.Instituto Español de OceanografíaCentro Oceanográfico de CádizCádizSpain
  6. 6.Instituto Andaluz de GeofísicaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  7. 7.Instituto Español de OceanografíaCentro Oceanográfico de MálagaFuengirolaSpain

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