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Strong earthquakes and volcanic eruption in Eritrea

Still no official reports as to what is going on
 

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13 Jun 11 - "This may be a major eruption," says reader Bruce Farrington. "It was preceded by a swarm of earthquakes fairly large for volcanic quakes, including two at 5.7."

"During the late afternoon and evening of June 12 2011, a series of moderate earthquakes struck the Afambo, Eritrea area," says earthquake-report.com. "The moderate earthquakes were followed by 2 strong 5.7 earthquakes.

“Pieter De Leeuw (Netherlands) has traced the eruption as probably coming from the Nabro volcano, a crater with a diameter of 8 km," continues the article on earthquake-report.com.  "We agree with him. Nabro volcano has no records of recent eruptions.”

Right now, no official reports have been issued as to what is going on.

See:
http://earthquake-report.com/2011/06/12/unusual-series-of-moderate-volcanic-earthquakes-in
-eritrea-and-ethiopia/

Also see:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/12/earthquakes-and-volcanic-eruption-in-ethiopia/
Thanks to Benjamin Napier,
Chelston Thomas, Bruce Farrington and Caroline Snyder for these links

 

The East African Rift System (EARS) is one the geologic wonders of the world, a place where the earth’s tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones. In simple terms, a rift can be thought of as a fracture in the earth’s surface that widens over time, or more technically, as an elongate basin bounded by opposed steeply dipping normal faults.

Geologists are still debating exactly how rifting comes about, but the process is so well displayed in East Africa (Ethiopia-Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania) that geologists have attached a name to the new plate-to-be; the Nubian Plate makes up most of Africa, while the smaller plate that is pulling away has been named the Somalian Plate.
 

These two plates are moving away from each other and also away from the Arabian plate to the north. The point where these three plates meet in the Afar region of Ethiopia forms what is called a triple-junction.

However, all the rifting in East Africa is not confined to the Horn of Africa; there is a lot of rifting activity further south as well, extending into Kenya and Tanzania and Great Lakes region of Africa.

From: http://geology.com/articles/east-africa-rift.shtml

 
 
 
 



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