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Harrat al Birk volcano

volcanic field 381 m / 1,250 ft
western Saudi Arabia, 18.37°N / 41.63°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Harrat al Birk volcano books
Typical eruption style: effusive
Harrat al Birk volcano eruptions: possibly less than 100 years ago No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Harrat al Birk volcano (also known as Harrat Hayil or Hubhub al Sheikh) is the only young volcanic field of Western Arabia located directly at the Red Sea coast, west of the town of Abha, and between the Tihamat ash Sham and Tihamat 'Asir coastal plains.
It consists of 1800 sq km of basaltic cinder cones and lava flows. Freshly eroded ash deposits are found around a vent at Jabal Ba'a, east of the main field, and suggest that an eruption might have occurred less than 100 years ago here.


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