Space Photos Show a New Island in the Red Sea

A new island is found in the Red Sea. According to the photos taken by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites on December 20 to 23, Red Sea has now a new inhabitant in a form of quickly growing volcanic island off the west coast of Yemen. Earlier, on December 19, volcanic activity occurred along the Zubair Group, a collection of small islands in the Red Sea that run in a roughly northwest-southeast line. The Zubair Group islands are volcano stem islands originated by massive lava flows. Last eruption in the region was registered in the 19th century. The largest island in the Zubair Group is 5 kilometers long. 

According to NASA’s report, on December 20, 2011, lava height was reaching 90 feet. The new island occurred from a shield volcano (a kind of volcano built from fluid lava flows) and poke above the sea surface. The new Red Sea island was growing so fast that in couple of days it was already detected by NASA’s space satellites. Though the island is less than one-third of a mile in diameter, it still can be seen and photographed from space. Scientists are planning to keep an eye on the island newborn in the Red Sea to see how large it is going to come out.