As seen from space: Volcanic eruption creates new island in the red sea

Dec 28, 2011 By Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today

Looking for some new lake-front property? Here’s the newest available on the planet. Volcanic activity in the Red Sea that started in mid-December has created what looks like a new island. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured a high-resolution, natural-color image on December 23, 2011 showing an apparent island where previously there was none. Here, a thick plume of volcanic ash still rises from the new island.

See below for an image from 2007 of the same region.

According to the NASA Earth Observatory website, the activity occurred along the Zubair Group, a collection of small off the west coast of Yemen. The islands poke above the sea surface, rising from a shield volcano. This region is part of the Rift where the African and Arabian tectonic plates pull apart and new ocean crust regularly forms.

According to news reports, fishermen witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 30 meters (90 feet) tall on December 19.

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_nigmatic10
1 / 5 (3) Dec 28, 2011
That would have been neat to see... from the fishermans boat, of course.
Dichotomy
1 / 5 (3) Dec 28, 2011
Hmmm.. do I take the risk to move there to claim it...? I suppose its already been claimed by Exxon or some U.N. group for preservation.
gwrede
3 / 5 (6) Dec 28, 2011
Haycock Island, Rugged Island? Are we outside of Chicago?

One would expect Arabic names or African names, but not these. Something like Al-Aqiq Island and Al-Makhwah Island, or Ma'ereba Island and Shambuko Island, would sound much more plausible. Or did Google get to give these names?
HTK
3 / 5 (6) Dec 28, 2011
Finally, a land for the Palestinians!

It's a miracle!
plasticpower
Dec 28, 2011
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rwinners
Dec 29, 2011
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julianpenrod
1.6 / 5 (7) Dec 30, 2011
Many who like to fashion themsleves as "scientific" automatically take a contemptuous, confrontational attitude toward anything associated with religion, even if it means being insipid. Many will even deliberately write the name of the singular Deity with a lowercase "g". Interesting for the apparent psyh\chological reinforcement that even PhyOrg decides to write a pace associated with religion, the Red Sea, with lowercase initial letters.
RonPaul1
1 / 5 (5) Dec 31, 2011
Finally, a land for Jews!

It's a miracle!