Seismologists fear the more than 12,700 tremors, which have had a magnitude of up to 3.3, could trigger a volcanic eruption or a powerful quake.
Dozens of other Sao Jorge residents also left early on Saturday, with the latest government figures showing about 1,250 people left the island on March 23 and March 24 alone.
The region’s CIVISA seismo-volcanic surveillance centre raised the volcanic alert to Level 4 on Wednesday, meaning there is a “real possibility” the volcano could erupt for the first time since 1808.via Reuters, from 26th March
Some more links on the situation:
- São Jorge Island (Azores): volcanic-seismic unrest continues at reduced levels
- Imminent Volcanic Eruption or a Major Earthquake is Possible in the Azores Archipelago
- Seismic crisis continues in Azores
- Cows’ paradise under threat as Azorean island trembles
I’ll be updating this post as I get more news.