News from Tenerife

It’s been an interesting week, some good news, some bad but IMO all interesting stuff.

Three earthquakes in a week.

Tenerife has registered three earthquakes this week that have not been felt by the population. The maximum magnitude has been 1.6, according to the latest weekly graphical report on seismic-volcanic activity on the island, made public yesterday by the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) and which refers to the activity recorded during the week Of March 17th. Two of the earthquakes occurred at sea, in the southeastern part of the island, between Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The other took place in El Teide National Park. The volcanic traffic light that governs the Pevolca is green, so there is no risk to the population. La Opinion

Cable car incident highlights shortcomings suffered by firefighters

Firefighters of Tenerife during the rescue in El Teide.

The strike committee and the Tenerife Fire Staff warn that the rescue they had to do this week following a breakdown of the El Teide cable car has brought to light all the shortcomings they have been highlighting. As usual, this evacuation and rescue operation of 275 people carried out jointly with other security and emergency bodies, has been satisfactorily resolved thanks to the effort and commitment of the staff, but many shortcomings have compromised both the safety of the evacuated people and the firefighters themselves.

The Committee recently reported the shortage of firemen on duty on the island. They are forced to use firefighters to make up staff, including those who had worked the day before or should work the following day. So many have to work shifts in a row including extra work, due to ‘force majeure’, as on this occasion. They reiterate that the whole Las Cañadas area is a weak point on the rescue map since access is one hour from both the north and south fire stations. Former president of the Consortium, Tino Guzmán, announced that a fixed-fire crew would be created in Las Cañadas however, despite carrying out numerous rescue services throughout the year in this area nothing is forthcoming.

In the case of people trapped in the cable car, the firemen could have started evacuation and rescue in a matter of minutes, however it was at least an hour after the breakdown occurred. They also emphasise that this incident has revealed that only a few firefighters have had the opportunity to take part in an evacuation course on the cable car itself. And another factor, they point to is the lack of equipment, clothing, rescue and lighting equipment. Rescue work in mountain areas needs very specific clothing that is nothing like that needed for extinguishing fires. El Digital Sur

Civil Guard find the body of missing German in La Gomera

There has been no news of him since last January when he left the Piñero Apartments where he was staying in La Gomera. Yesterday afternoon, the Civil Guard Rescue and Intervention Group (Greim) together with the Helicopter removed the body of this person from the bottom of a barranco in La Fortaleza, in the municipality of Vallehermoso. Due to the wind, rain, and low clouds the staff of the Greim had to descend on foot more than 50m to retrieve the lifeless body of the hiker. La Opinion

Arona frowns on animal abuse.

Arona has created a group that will act to ensure respect for animals in the municipality and also launches an awareness campaign in schools. A permanent dept. has been created since the mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, expressed last February, his resounding rejection of the ill-treatment of animals known to exist on the Island. “We want the commission to serve as an observatory and a body to deal with cases of animal abuse, and we want to have the organizations and specialists in the field,” explained the municipal environment official, Yurena García.

Mercadona cuts profits to invest over €1 billion in company

Supermarket giant Mercadona is set to sacrifice this year’s profits in order to invest over a billion euros in refurbishing stores and opening new ones. It will be the company’s biggest capital expenditure in its nearly 40-year history. With a share of nearly a quarter of Spain’s food retail market, Mercadona is Spain’s biggest supermarket chain and one of the country’s biggest employers.

El Puerto receives prestigious award for 2016

The new cruise terminal in the Port of Santa Cruz has received the award for best in its category for 2016, during the Seatrade Global fair held last Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Ports of Tenerife, and Cruises Atlantic Islands have a joint stand, and held several meetings with shipping companies like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, SeaDream and Thomson Cruises to program the scales of next seasons.

CEST warns the beaches of the South need to be regenerated

Playa el Beril, Costa Adeje.

The Circle of Entrepreneurs and Professionals of Southern Tenerife (CEST) and those responsible for Tourism consider that a situation that is causing the deterioration of some beaches should be corrected and sand should be replaced for the millions of visitors who come every year to our resorts. FULL STORY HERE

A boat with 8 crew and skipper sinks in Playa de Las Americas

At about 1:10 pm a diver from the Los Cristianos dive club alerted the tourist police about a sinking boat. The alarm was, immediately activated and a patrol from the national police, and a CECOES ambulance were the first to respond and used watercraft to assist in the rescue. The Canary Islands government sent the rescue helicopter, and 8 people were locate and survived thanks to their life jackets. The rescue lasted two and a half hours, the situation being hindered by existing sea conditions and high wind. El Digital Sur

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