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Jebel Zubair volcano
shield volcano 191 m / 627 ft
Red Sea, Yemen, 15.16°N / 42.1°E

Jebel Zubair volcano eruptions:
2011 Dec - Jan 2012, 1846 (?), 1824
Typical eruption style:
effusive
Last earthquakes nearby

Jebel Zubair volcano (Red Sea, Yemen) activity update

Friday Oct 11, 2013 17:23 PM | BY: T

Steam plume from Zubair in the Red Sea on Tuesday (8 Oct)
Steam plume from Zubair in the Red Sea on Tuesday (8 Oct)
SO2 plume from Zubair today (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Zubair today (NOAA)
As of today, the submarine eruption continues with the production of a steam plume of variable size, not always easily identifiable on satellite images. A SO2 plume is also visible on satellite data drifting from the eruption site.
No ash can be seen on satellite imagery, only steam, and the area of discolored water (indicator of suspended particles) is small if not has disappeared. That suggests that the eruption is currently rather weak and probably has not yet entered the so-called surtseyan phase where solid fragments (ash, lava blocks) are ejected above the surface of the sea.
Previous news
MODIS / Terra satellite image 1 Oct showing the steam plume from the eruption
Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013
As of yesterday morning when the latest MODIS satellite image was taken from the area, the eruption continued with little changes. ... [more]
Steam plume and discolored water around the new submarine eruption site (NASA / Terra satellite image 28 Sep, annotated by Blog Culture Volcan)
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013
A submarine eruption started yesterday (28 Sep) NW of the island Jebel Zubair and SW of the site of the 2011-12 eruption. The activity manifestated itself in form of a strong SO2 anomaly and steam plume spotted on satellite imagery. ... [more]
The new island seen on January 15, 2012 (NASA Earth Obbservatory)
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012
It appears from the latest NASA satellite images that the eruption that has formed the new island has ended, leaving an impressive new elongated island about 1000 m long and 500 m wide just 500 m NNW of Rugged Island in the Zubair archipelago. ... [more]

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012
New images were released from NASA, showing the rapid growth of a new island in the Zubair archipelago in the Red Sea. ... [more]
Surtseyan eruption at the newly formed island in the Red Sea
Wednesday, Jan 04, 2012
A new dramatic video of the recent volcanic eruption in the Red Sea in the Zubayr group of islands west of Jemen has emerged on youtube. The video was taken from a military helicopter and shows the newly-born island in the highly explosive phase, when magma in contact with sea water lead to very strong steam and ash explosions (so-called surtseyan activity), producing huge ash and steam clouds. Unfortunately, the date of the video is not specified, but it is probably from around 22-23 December. [more]

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