Some of the Canarian papers went for scaremongering headlines this week such as
La cumbre de Guía de Isora, con “muy alta” probabilidad de una erupción volcánica
For those of you who don’t speak Spanish it means
There is a high probability of a volcanic eruption in the upper reaches of Guia de Isora.
What they crucially omit to explain is that, ‘IN THE EVENT OF’ a volcanic eruption, there is a high probability that it would occur in the upper reaches of the municipality of Guia de Isora, which is a totally different thing.
The piece was written after Tenerife’s governing Cabildo recently published a risk prevention report which you can read here if you’ve got the time and patience.
Personally I think that it’s good that the powers-that-be actually have a plan for that eventuality. But in an island that is suffering through an economic downturn do we really need more nails in the proverbial coffin, in the form of scare stories, just to sell newspapers?
Scientists disagree over possible eruption of Teide Tenerife’s Volcano, as they do about many phenomena in the natural world.
I for one would rather take my chances of getting a bit warm here on the Island (and I’m not referring to the current heat wave) rather than running the risk of being up to my neck in water.
According to the UK environment Agency over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Which would you choose?