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Os vulcanólogos buscan respostas mentres a illa das Azores segue tremendo

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Fátima Viveiros era unha nena pequena cando decidiu que quería ser vulcanóloga. Foi un soño que se fixo realidade. Agora ten 44 anos e usa as súas habilidades para protexer a súa casa.

Durante sete días, a illa volcánica de Sao Jorge, no medio Atlántico, onde creceu, foi sacudida por máis de 14,000 terremotos.

Os expertos temen que os tremores que se sentiron en magnitudes de ata 3.3 poidan provocar unha erupción do volcán ou un forte terremoto.

“My home is on an active volcano system,” stated Viveiros, who works at the CIVISA seismo–volcanic surveillance center.

She said, “When (something) happens in our home, we must be a bit cold-blooded to ensure our feelings don’t affect our thinking.” “But the feelings exist because it’s my house, my people.”

Viveiros levaba nas costas unha máquina amarela que usaba para medir os gases do solo en Sao Jorge (illa do arquipélago das Azores), rexión autónoma de Portugal.

Os gases do solo como o CO2 ou o xofre son indicadores da actividade volcánica. Viveiros leva varios días loitando contra fortes ventos e choivas para atopar as respostas. Os niveis mantivéronse normais ata agora.

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The sudden rise in seismic activity in Sao Jorge is similar to the earthquakes that were detected on Spain’s La Palma island before last year’s eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. It’s approximately 1,400km (870 miles) southwest of the Azores.

Esta erupción diezmou miles de cultivos e propiedades durante 85 días.

Viveiros visited La Palma in order to support the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute at that time and monitor soil gasses there. He said that Sao Jorge’s volcanic system was very similar to the one found on the Spanish island.

After observing soil gases on the land for cattle grazing, she stated that one of the possibilities was “something similar to what happened at La Palma”.

Engadiu que expertos de España e do estranxeiro están dispoñibles para viaxar a Sao Jorge, se é necesario.

CIVISA elevated the volcanic alert to Level 4 Wednesday. This means that there is a “real chance” that the volcano could erupt.

Jose Bolieiro, Azores’ President, stated that the recent earthquakes in Sao Jorge were twice as strong than those in the entire region last year.

He stated to reporters, “There is clearly an anomaly.”

Authorities have stated that the eruption is not likely, but around 1,500 people have fled the island by sea or air in the last few days. Many don’t know when they will be able return.

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