La Palma volcano M4.2 Earthquake! Fears of MEGA TSUNAMI for U.S. East Coast

La Palma volcano M4.2 Earthquake!  Fears of MEGA TSUNAMI for U.S. East Coast

A Magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck in the Canary Islands and concerns have been raised that if the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts or otherwise shakes loose, a massive slab of rock could smash into the Atlantic Ocean causing a killer tidal wave along the entire U.S. east coast about 8 hours later.

The earthquake, from the Spanish archipelago’s most active volcano, which is located on the island of La Palma, have sparked panic across the Canary Islands, with volcano experts pulled in to examine the unusual seismic activity.

According to Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN) at 06:36 (UTC) on January 18, 2019, an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 was recorded between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, at 14km deep.  This earthquake was preceded, one minute in advance, by another earthquake of magnitude 1.8 in the same area. 


The main earthquake registered in stations of all the islands of the Archipelago and was widely felt by the population in the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. 



According to the information received so far, the earthquake has reached a maximum intensity of III (EMS) in different areas of the northwest island of Gran Canaria and the northeast of Tenerife. Updated information on how this earthquake has been felt can be found here.

The maximum magnitude of earthquakes in this area is 5.2 for an earthquake that occurred on May 9, 1989. It is one of the most active areas of the Canary archipelago. 


A previous warning from Dr. Steven Ward, of the University of California, and Dr. Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London is now being widely discussed: 

They found that if the Cumbre Vieja – an active but dormant volcano – were to erupt, -- or if an nearby earthquake shook things loose --the western flank of the mountain could tumble into the sea.

Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, they said a build-up of groundwater could destabilize a block of rock up to 500 cubic km in size, which could break off, smashing into the sea at up to 350 km an hour (220 mph).

This landslide will unleash a deadly wall of water, initially almost 3,000 ft. high and several miles wide, hurting towards the US east coast at speeds of up to 800 km an hour (500 mph).

About 8 hours later, waves of about 130-160 feet high would begin smashing into the US east coast, traveling up to TWELVE MILES inland.


Since January 1, 2019 the IGN has located a seismic series of 60 small earthquakes in the area of ​​Vilaflor in Tenerife at a depth of between 3 and 10 km and magnitudes (mbLg) of between 0.1 and 1.3. None of the events has been felt by the population due to its low magnitude. 

In the last 3 months, 170 earthquakes have been located in the zone at an average depth of 7-8 km and of low magnitude being the highest of 2.4. 

However, only 6 of these earthquakes exceed the magnitude 1.5 


The United States maintains ocean buoys for various purposes (air temp, water, temp, wave height, Tsunami Warning, etc.) throughout most of the world's oceans.

In the Atlantic, there are Tsunami warning buoys as shown on the image below:



Notice the Tsunami Warning Buoy off the west coast of Africa aligned with the US east coast is colored red . . . . it's OUT OF SERVICE

The National Data Buoy Center admits: "As of 13:00Z, 04/22/2016, the buoy located at station 44401 has ceased transmitting. Data will be restored during our next service visit to this location."   That's almost THREE YEARS the buoy has been dead!

The next nearest Tsunami Warning buoy is located off the southern coast of Long Island.   Given the speed of a Tsunami, that Buoy would only provide about 20 minutes warning that a deadly wave was approaching the coast.

How to do warn the millions of Americans in New York City, and elsewhere on the east coast, to move to higher ground with only twenty minutes warning?

It is also interesting to note that, despite Seismographs all over the world, the US Geological Survey (USGS) is NOT reporting this earthquake.  Why?


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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Bob · 7 months ago
    Who cares
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    Linda · 8 months ago
    I just had my Caribbean cruise vacation in time. I was aware whole time on the 10 day trip of the risk. I'm aware of earthquake activity in Atlantic too.
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    RayA · 8 months ago
    NASA can send expensive hardware into space. Why does the US Gov't budget come short on life-saving technology? Hope my friends and relatives, who live in Florida, are aware of the potential danger.
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    Fred · 8 months ago
    A critical bouy has been out of service for a few years. Isn't that interesting? I guess it won't be fixed for another few years because of the government shut down. That way the powers that be will blame President Trump, while ignoring how long the bout has been out of service. Once again we see, the lives of Americans are not a fleeting interest to the Deep State.
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    jim · 8 months ago
    Oppenheimer Ranch Project talked about it last night. Good job though Hal.
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    · 8 months ago
    The western slope of the mountain (Cumbre Vieja) was destabilized from a previous eruption. There are, if I recall correctly, 3 plugs blocking any normal relief of magma from the magma chamber(s). Yes, water and magma or lava don't mix well causing a massive relief of steam and pressure. Though there are nay sayers withing the geophysical community, I think most of us are quite aware the entire western side of the mountain could slump into the sea, even without a pyroclastic eruption. I've been telling people about this danger for years but if goes in one ear and out the other. The wave heights are projection - we really don't know. While you report on 12 mile incursion inland, low lying areas, such as parts of LI, south Jersey, the Delmarva peninsula and much of Florida could be innundated. You are also correct in the reporting of buoy failures which have not been maintained. Big problem.

    Second threat: The recent earthquake off the east coast. That worries me even more than Cumbre Vieja. Off the coast from New York down past Virginia there is a very THICK silt layer along the continental shelf which is heavily furrowed and is very unstable. There is a fear that the entire silt layer can go at once and cause an even LARGER tsunami the Cumbre Vieja - however there will LITERALLY be NO warning, well maybe 5 minutes or so. Several hundred miles of silt slumping at once is a possibility, but again, normalcy bias always seems to kick in. Here's a link :

    Third threat : NY/NJ - The Newark Basin. We are overdue for an earthquake in the Newark Basin, which basically from the Watching Mountains and NY Harbor. There is an expected 4.5 - 5.4 earthquake overdue in this area. The NY Geophysical Union published a paper about this roughly 20 years ago, including estimates of damage. There will be liquifaction and total destruction of most structure from Long Beach to the Rockaways, a good portion of brick building will fail up through Manhattan and adjacent areas in NY and NJ. The steel structures will mostly be damaged but will largely survive. Reinforced concrete structure will have a high failure rate. So, between collapsed structures, gas and water lines ruptures, fire will quickly get out of control and there simply is not enough equipment or personnel to deal with any of these issues, including search/rescue and recovery. South Jersey, where I'm from will feel it and maybe a little damage, but the closer to NYC, the worse things will be. Except for the quake that damaged the Washington Monument, few people up this way have ever experienced and earthquake, have no idea what to do and have no preparations or plans. Hint, hint people - this is just another reason to make a bug out bag.

    Anyway, I thought you'd all like to know.
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      Janet Christophersen · 8 months ago
      Great post thanks. First if Cumbre Vieja goes the news will be delivered and people have 8 hours. 2 and 3 the best I can say in hope is that these would be presaged by big seismic push on the west coast running then across the Midwest and coming for you.

      dutchsinse on youtube gives forecasts and great warnings. USGS does unusual things, hides information or whatever. You have been warned, you are aware. Best look at Dutch he forecast fukishima a week or so before when he started, is self taught nerd and a mad champ living on whatever people donate.

      I cant push this more, places like New Zealand cop the worst, but it flows round to the USA and the pressure flow is getting better as everything loosens. California has been slow slipping like Fukui was, for nearly two years, it will go, and that will run round thru the Midwest to you, sweetpea.
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    BillW · 8 months ago
    300 ft wave all the way across the Atlantic. Lets all be scared on the count of three, ready........
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      Fred · 8 months ago
      No, the way is not visible until just before land fall and the dept of the water along the shoreline.
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    batfire · 8 months ago
    Interesting, i see no mention of this quake on EQuake3D either. Nothing on RSOEDIS either. I also have hit many European earthquake sites and no mention of this quake. That makes me wonder if there was a quake 4.5 today. I have always seen the data from my many sites around world. One of them would report it, even the volcanologist sites are not reporting it.
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    Gregg Walker · 8 months ago
    HA! They'll say USGS is closed because of the shutdown, or blame that for not reporting. Then, IF it hits anytime soon, they'll be able to blame Trump for the devastation - because if only he would cave in to the Dems on the shutdown, the buoy would have been fixed and would have warned everyone! All his fault! I can see it now...
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      Janet Christophersen · 8 months ago
      Tough. Dutchsinse on youtube will warn. He saved lots of people in italy, whole town because they believed him. People watch worldwide, and yes the USA universities put him down say it can’t be done...his forecasts a week or less ahead, position and size.
      Its take notice.
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    Dave Carroll · 8 months ago
    I'm so damn happy I joined this site.
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    Jay · 8 months ago
    There is one other reporter that covers this. Dutch Sinse is his name if I spelled it right. But I'm glad you covered it too. Most people aren't going to listen to Dutch because he's too technical and detailed on this stuff for most.

    To answer your question as to why the warning systems are not being repaired and reports are not coming in, I think we are all pretty much aware that the United Nations and most of the worlds governments are planning on culling the population in order to maintain their control anyway. This just saves them a step or two.

    Sunday night is "Super Blood Moon" night in the United States of Amafia.
    Might not be a coincidence.
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      Janet Christophersen · 8 months ago
      Could well be I can’t comment on that as reason, however the failure to repair infrastructure by my Aus estimate from visiting USA has gone on since the 60s. Trump did say last week time to repair infrastructure, Bring the huge army back...oh joy joy for them...and use the engineers and the rest to fix America.
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    selah · 8 months ago
    let it be, let it be, let it be...…….la la la