Volcanic Activity in the Red Sea

on March 1, 2012 9:04 AM EST

Volcanic Activity in the Red Sea
Satellites detected sulfur dioxide and a small volcanic plume on December 19, 2011, and by December 23 a new island had formed in the Red Sea. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)

Volcanic activity in the Zubair Island Group appears to have ceased. Satellites detected sulfur dioxide and a small volcanic plume on December 19, 2011, and by December 23 a new island had formed in the Red Sea. The island continued to grow in early January, but had stopped by January 15th. This natural-color image from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) on Landsat-7 show the entire island group on February 15, 2012. The islands are about 60 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of Yemen.

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