Happy Birthday, Teneguia!

The eruption of Teneguía, Fuencaliente, 1971
October 8, 2019

  The oldest rocks on La Palma are 3,000,000 years old, which is very young for geology. But the youngest rocks are just 48 years old, and it’s their birthday this month. The Teneguía volcano erupted during October and November of 1971. My husband was a teenager at the time, and he remembers going to see it from the San Antonio volcano, and he remembers hearing the deep rumbles at…

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San Antonio Volcano

May 26, 2015

  The most recent eruption in the Canary Islands was Teneguía, in 1971 (see Thursday, 21 February 2008 Which Planet Are You On?). It’s a nice place to visit, but you have to be fairly fit. St. Antony’s Volcano (Volcan San Antonio) is nice in a completely different way. For one thing, it looks like a volcano should look, and you can walk halfway around the spectacular circular crater. You…

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Teneguia

February 20, 2008

Hurrah! After seventeen years on the island, I finally got to the summit of the volcano Teneguia. It’s only 400 m above sea-level, and I didn’t walk all that far. But I’m horribly unfit and it’s a rough path. And besides, I have a horrible tendency to leave everything to some mythical day in the future when I won’t be so busy. So I’m proud of myself for getting up…

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