The Red Sea has a newborn island

The Red Sea has a new island, courtesy of an underwater volcano. See the images from space!

NASA announced today (January 17, 2012) that an underwater eruption of a volcano in the Red Sea appears to have stopped, leaving behind a newborn island.

The new island in the Red Sea. Image acquired January 15, 2012. Image Credit: NASA

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The new island is part of the Zubair Islands in the Red Sea,a group of small islands formed from an underwater shield volcano. The new island is located about 60 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of Yemen.

The island began forming in December 2011. It is essentially lava that has cooled after breaking through the surface of the Red Sea.

New island as it was being formed by an undersea volcano. Image is from December 29, 2011. Image Credit: NASA

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NASA’s Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite acquired both of these natural-color images.

Bottom line: NASA announced on January 17, 2012 that a volcanic eruption in the Red Sea has stopped, leaving behind a newborn island.

Deborah Byrd

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