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What’s on in Tenerife?

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Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento. Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the eve of the annual midsummer festival of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On Noche de San Juan, St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires, and with smoke swirling in the hills throughout the island, many visitors often think that an early summer fire has broken out. This year, on Sunday, is certain to be no different. The celebrations are not restricted to the inland hills and villages, however, with fires and parties on many beaches. Particularly popular are the ones held in El Médano, Los Cristianos, and FañabeREAD MORE

Photo: Salvamento Marítimo. Updated 10pm: The Coastguard says that as of 8pm the search was called off after a second day’s fruitless efforts. The search will resume by sea and air again tomorrow, from first light. Original post 16 June: Salvamento Marítimo has been searching the south Tenerife coast since yesterday when a jet ski rider went missing after getting off the vehicle to go for a swim. The search was called off last night but resumed at first light this morning, with various lifeboats and a search and rescue helicopter patrolling the coast and sea in what is being called an intense search that alsoREAD MORE

Photo: ESA. Teide is the location for a space-age solution to space junk as the European Space Agency is preparing to test a laser to be fired at space debris from old rockets and satellites left in the Earth’s orbit. The debris is considered capable of causing immense damage to satellites in current use as well as to the International Space Station, and ESA says the problem is increasing with collisions becoming impossible to prevent or even to attempt to control. The laser is housed in the Observatory at Izaña in a building set up a couple of decades ago specifically to research space laser communication,READ MORE

Updated 15 June: The horse-trading still continues, incredibly, to determine which party governs the Canaries, or rather which coalition will govern the islands because no single party has an outright majority, but one result is in, and it is an incredible one. Coalición Canarias, the nationalist party in control of Santa Cruz Ayuntamiento for forty years, has lost the borough, and the PSOE have taken it thanks to support from Ciudadanos and Podemos. As I said in last month’s post below, the CC retained Santa Cruz though without an absolute majority for mayor Bermúdez. He needed to form pacts to govern, but following the breakdown ofREAD MORE

For a week or so now there has been a cluster of microtremors in the Pico Viejo area. Most have been under magnitude 1 though quite near the surface, but they seem to be increasing in number and perhaps strength with a “long-period seismic event” of mag 1.8 registered yesterday afternoon around 3.30pm at a depth of 10km. The Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias says that it is one of the largest such events since late 2016. The 1.8 is not the only long-period seismic event registered, however, with a cluster of some 500 recorded by Involcan in just two hours yesterday afternoon/evening. The cause isREAD MORE

A 39-year-old motorcyclist died this lunchtime after an accident on the main Carretera del Sur TF28 in Taco, a suburb of Santa Cruz. Emergency services say that they were called out at 1pm with reports of a collision between a car and the motorbike at a roundabout, with the female motorcyclist needing assistance. Ambulance crew found her with serious injuries but while they were attempting to help her she suffered a cardiac arrest from which they were unable to resuscitate her. Sadly, she was declared dead at the scene.READ MORE