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Yemen to establish volcano monitoring network 31 July 2008

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A volcano on the Yemeni island of Jabal at-Tair erupts in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, 2007 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent J. Street)

The Yemeni news agency SABA reports today that Yemen is to set up its first volcano monitoring network. The network will monitor volcanic conditions in Yemen and neighbouring states, and will be established under the auspices of the National Seismological Observatory Centre (NSOC).

The Global Volcanism Program currently lists 14 Holocene volcanoes in Yemen, including four volcanic islands in the Red Sea. Yemen’s most recent volcanic activity was at the volcanic island of Jebel at Tair, where an eruption on 30 September 2007 destroyed a military base and caused some fatalities. NATO warships and the Yemeni Coast Guard carried out search and rescue operations. The activity continued into December 2007.

Image: Jebel at Tair erupting in the early hours of 1 October 2007 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent J. Street) [Source].

Yemen to set up first volcano monitoring network – Saba Net, 31 July 2008

Global Volcanism Program: Arabia – GVP’s Holocene volcanoes database for Arabia (covers Yemeni mainland volcanoes)
Global Volcanism Program: Africa and the Red Sea – GVP’s Holocene volcanoes database for Africa and the Red Sea (covers Yemeni Red Sea volcanoes)
National Seismological Observatory Centre, Yemen – English-language page for Yemen’s seismological monitoring centre

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

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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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Jebel at Tair erupting 5 December 2007

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The volcano at Jebel at Tair (or Jabal al-Tair), an uninhabited island in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, erupted again on 3 December 2007. Its current phase of activity began with an eruption on 30 September 2007; according to the Yemeni Geological Survey Authority it has been active since that date, with occasional lava flows. No-one has been killed or hurt in the current eruption, and the Yemeni authorities say that no threat is posed to neighbouring islands. Nine people were killed and over 40 injured in the 30 September eruption, which destroyed a naval base on the island.

Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program – summary information for Jebel at Tair (0201-01=)
NASA Earth Observatory – Jebel at Tair eruption, September 2007

News reports
Volcano erupts on Red Sea island – BBC News report on 30 Sep 07 eruption (1 Oct 2007)
Red Sea volcano erupts again – IRIN humanitarian news and analysis (4 Dec 2007)

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