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Zubair Group volcano (Yemen) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 14 December-20 December 2011 (New Activity / Unrest)

Wed, 14 Dec 2011, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
According to local news, fishermen from the port city of Salif on the western Red Sea coast of Yemen reported an off shore eruption from the island of Jebel Zubair, about 60 km SW, with lava fountains rising 20-30 m above the summit on 19 December. On 19 December a SO2 cloud was detected in an OMI satellite image. MODIS imagery from 20 December shows a plume rising from a submarine eruption about 1.5 km SW of Haycock and N of Rugged (near the N end of the Az-Zubair island group), and about 12 km NE of Jebel Zubair island.
A bathymetric sketch map made in 1973 indicates a water depth of about 100 m in that area.

Sources: Yemen Observer, Toulouse Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), NASA Global Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring, NASA Land Atmosphere Near Real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE)
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From: Global Volcanism Program, 2011. Report on Zubair Group. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 14 December-20 December 2011. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
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