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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tectonic movement in the horn creates Eruption in the Read sea Creating two Islands Between Eritrea and Yemen

Eruption creates new island in Red Sea

Eruption creates new island in Red Sea
December 29th, 2011
02:49 PM ET
The Red Sea appears to have a tiny new island, courtesy of an underwater eruption.
The island essentially lava that cooled after breaking through the water's surface began forming this month between Yemen and Eritrea among the Zubair archipelago, a group of small islands that come from a submarine shield volcano, according to NASA and the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program.
NASA’s Earth-Observing-1 satellite captured an image (above) showing the new mass with a plume perhaps volcanic ash and water vapor rising from it on December 23, NASA’s Earth Observatory website says. The island appeared to be less than one-third of a mile in diameter, according to the Global Volcanism Program.
The image came four days after local news reports said fishermen saw an eruption in the sea, with lava rising up to 90 feet in the air, according to NASA.
The shield volcano from which the Zubair islands stem (the largest of which is 5 kilometers long) last erupted in the 19th century, according to the Global Volcanism Program.
Wordwide, new islands emerge from volcanic eruptions about once every few years, and not all of them survive beyond three years, because waves can break them apart, GVP volcanologist Rick Wunderman said Thursday. It's not clear whether the new Red Sea island will last, but the material that emerges from the Red Sea typically is more structurally sound than other areas, Wunderman said.
"That's usually the (material) that you see in the Red Sea not so rich in gasses, more able to withstand waves and storms," he said.
People looking for an island getaway might want to keep searching, though. "It'd be hard to live there," Wunderman said. "(Fresh) water, safe harbor, all that kind of stuff would be really quite the challenge."
Wunderman said the central to southern Red Sea has seen plenty of volcanic activity recently, with as many as 10 eruptions in the past five years.

Cyclone India's southeast coast braces as cyclone approaches | Reuters

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A boy struggles to hold onto his umbrella during strong winds on Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai December 29, 2011.  REUTERS-Babu

Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:44am EST

CHENNAI, Dec 29 (AlertNet) - India's weather office called on Thursday for villages to be evacuated, farmers to protect their crops and fishermen to stay ashore hours before a cyclone was due to strike the southeast coast.

With winds of up to 155 kph (96 mph), cyclone Thane is moving in from the Bay of Bengal and is expected to reach the coast within the next 12 hours, close to the former French colonial town of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu state.

"Total suspension of fishing operations. Coastal hutment dwellers to be moved to safer place. People in affected areas to remain indoors," the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) advised in its latest bulletin.

Thane is a Category 1 cyclonic storm on a scale that goes up to the most severe at Category 5. It is predicted to weaken after reaching land.

India's cyclone season generally lasts from April to December with severe storms often causing dozens of deaths, evacuations of tens of thousands of people from low-lying villages and widespread crop and property damage.

In 1999, a "super-cyclone" battered the coast of the eastern state of Orissa for 30 hours with wind speeds reaching 300 kph (186 mph). It killed 10,000 people.

Maritime authorities hoisted flags indicating danger signal 10 -- the maximum warning level -- in ports along Tamil Nadu's coast, including Chennai, the state capital, instructing large ships to venture out to sea, as they would be safer there.


The Meteorological Department said the storm was expected to bring a surge in the sea of up to 1.5 meters (5 ft) above normal tides, which would flood low-lying areas of Chennai and other towns on the coast.

Thane is also predicted to hit the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, and would damage homes, power and communication lines and flood roads, the department said.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry said they had deployed emergency teams and prepared relief centers but no people had been moved from their homes.

"Thirteen emergency teams are already in place to carry out evacuations at short notice," said Deepak Kumar, district commissioner of Pondicherry, adding that officials were watching to see if the storm intensified.

The weather department also recommended farmers take measures to protect crops. The storm was expected to damage the rice, groundnut and maize crops in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, it said in a bulletin at 5.30 p.m. (1200 GMT).

Andhra Pradesh is the biggest producer of corn in India and the second-biggest producer of rice and groundnut. Tamil Nadu is not a main producer.

(AlertNet is a global humanitarian news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Visit

(Additional reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj in New Delhi; Writing by Nita Bhalla; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Robert Birsel)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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