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2 October 07

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Entire island aglow with lava
Island ripped apart by massive volcanic eruption
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1 Oct 07 - Yemen - NATO ships plucked several survivors and bodies out of the waters of the Red Sea on Monday after a volcanic explosion rocked a tiny Yemeni island, collapsing part of it and covering the rest with lava, officials said.

The volcano exploded Sunday evening on Jabal al-Tair, an oval island about 2 miles across, unpopulated except for a small Yemeni military base.

On Sunday evening, Canadian Navy spokesman Ken Allen told reporters in an e-mail that the entire island was "aglow with lava and magma as it pours down into the sea.

                Hmmm. 2,150-degree magma pouring into the sea … 
                and we wonder why the seas are warming?

At the time of the initial blast, the passing NATO ships — on their way to the Suez Canal — reported seeing a "catastrophic volcanic eruption" on the island, about 70 miles off the Yemeni coast.

Lava and ash continued to spew from the volcano on Monday, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said.

"The lava is spewing hundreds of feet into the air, with the volcanic ash also (rising) a thousand feet in the air."

Jabal al-Tair, which last erupted in 1883, is one of a number of volcanoes at the southern end of the Red Sea in the narrows between Yemen and Sudan.

Over the past two weeks, the area around the island had seen light earthquakes between magnitude 2-3.6, with three larger ones Sunday afternoon reaching magnitude 4.3.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21072760/
See also:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=484989&in_page_id=1811

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