For the first time, a landslide has been confirmed on the north face of Teide. The seismologist of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) Ithaiza Domínguez has collected a video on his personal Twitter account, whose authorship is still unknown, which has circulated on social networks and has alarmed several users. This shows a landslide on the north face of the highest peak in Spain, drawing a white line on the slopes of the mountain.
Domínguez has pointed out that this event occurred last Friday around 9:45 a.m. and was also recorded by the IGN seismic station. “Similar signs have been observed on other occasions that we believed were this type of landslide, but this is the first time it has been confirmed,” said the expert. In addition, he added that “in principle” this landslide is not related to the seismic swarm that occurred early Friday morning, since they were “earthquakes of very low magnitude and it is impossible that they could affect the surface in this way.”
The seismologist has also clarified that this phenomenon is “expected”, since the area is steep and already “shows signs of other similar recent events”.
The National Geographic Institute (IGN) reported last Friday that during the early hours, specifically between 1:50 and almost 05:00 this Friday (local time), a seismic series occurred with epicenters located in the Cañadas del Teide, to the southwest of Pico Viejo, in Tenerife.
458 detected earthquakes were counted, of which the 13 largest events could be located. The last of the tremors took place at 4:47 am. These movements showed an intensity between 0.1 and 1.6 mbLg at most, and their epicenters were located at depths of a maximum of 20 kilometers and a minimum of six.