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Jebel at Tair ‘may threaten regional navigation’ 8 December 2007

Posted by admin in activity reports, Jebel at Tair, natural hazards, Yemen.

The Yemen Observer today reports warnings from the Yemeni authorities that the continuing volcanic acitivity at Jebel at Tair poses a threat to fishing and other navigation in the southern Red Sea:

The Ministry of Fisheries Wealth (MFW) sent a warning to all fishermen not to get close to the Island of Jabl al-Tair due to the reawakening of the volcano that erupted last Monday. Sources say that this is a precautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety of the fisherman and nearby citizens. ‘The Ministry of Fisheries Wealth announced in a circulation note to all fishermen to report any dangerous developments they may have witnessed to the office in order to take the necessary actions and inform the concerned parties,’ said Abdullah Abdu Borji, general manager of the MFW office in Houdeida.

In response to Jebel at Tair’s recent increase in activity, additional earthquake monitoring stations have been established on the islands of Zogar and Hunaish Kubra. Earthquakes were detected in the region on Monday and Tuesday of last week.

The general manager of the General Authority for Development and Promotion of Yemeni Islands has used the recent awakening of Jebel at Tair to call for increased regional co-operation in dealing with such natural hazards: ‘There is a great need to set up a regional center for monitoring earthquakes and other natural disasters in order to be able to take early action, as the safe area is shrinking and this increases the risks, especially for regional navigation’.

(The form of the name used by the Yemen Observer is ‘Jabl al-Tair’; this blog uses the Global Volcanism Program form of ‘Jebel at Tair’.)

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