Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Research article
22 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2018

A retrospective study of the pre-eruptive unrest on El Hierro (Canary Islands): implications of seismicity and deformation in the short-term volcanic hazard assessment

Stefania Bartolini, Carmen López, Laura Becerril, Rosa Sobradelo, and Joan Martí

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Cited articles

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Bartolini, S., Cappello, A., Martí, J., and Del Negro, C.: QVAST: a new Quantum GIS plugin for estimating volcanic susceptibility, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 3031–3042,, 2013. 
Bartolini, S., Sobradelo, R., and Martí, J.: ST-HASSET for volcanic hazard assessment: A Python tool for evaluating the evolution of unrest indicators, Comput. Geosci., 93, 77–87,, 2016. 
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Becerril, L., Bartolini, S., Sobradelo, R., Martí, J., Morales, J. M., and Galindo, I.: Long-term volcanic hazard assessment on El Hierro (Canary Islands), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1853–1870,, 2014. 
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The most challenging aspect of forecasting volcanic eruptions is the correct identification and interpretation of precursors during the episodes that normally precede eruptive activity. We show an easy and useful approach to the understanding of the information recorded by the monitoring system and show how this information can be used to forecast an eruption and its potential hazards in real time. This methodology can be used to facilitate communication between scientists and decision-makers.
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