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Tenerife suffers a major volcanic quake BUT it’s only a scenario! 


Tenerife suffered a major seismic quake recently, leaving a number of people dead, others injured and properties destroyed.

Fortunately, it was all a mocked up scenario, aimed at testing the island’s emergency plan and seeing how the various services would cope if this really happened.

The event, which had taken two months to plan, involved some 300 members of the Government of the Canary Islands, the State, Tenerife Cabildo de Tenerife and the local council of El Rosario where the scenario was set.

The exercise involved the Emergency and Salvage Group (GES), the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), the Autonomous Police, the CECOES 112, the Military Emergency Unit (UME) ), the National Police and its unit with search dogs, the Civil Guard with the Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group and traffic agents.

Also participating were the BRIFOR and firefighters of the Cabildo de Tenerife, the Local Police and Civil Protection of El Rosario and the Red Cross, as well as members of the School of Psychology and the College of Architects of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In the simulation, a group belonging to the Portuguese army was also present as obser-vers.

“The exercise was raised on the assumption of a seismic movement of volcanic origin that causes damage to buildings and infrastructure, with deaths, injuries of varying consideration and evacuations,” said a spokesman.

“The simulation has served to evaluate numerous aspects of the Civil Protection system, such as the Rosario Municipal Plan, school evacuation plans, the validity of the infrastruc-tures for housing, development of the emergency management structure for multiple victims in different areas , as well as the organisation of radiocommunications in emergency, coordination of action groups and to exercise specific techniques of rescue, debris and search.”