New Island Created in the Red Sea After Devastating Volcanic Eruption in 2011
An eruption in the heart of the Red Sea took place in December of 2011. The volcanic eruption resulted in lava, smoke, and a new island. A mixture of volcanic ash and water vapor make up the white clouds visible in the bottom photograph. It was reported that some local fisherman had witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 100 feet tall. They were absolutely terrified.
According to satellite images, this eruption was rather different than previous ones in the area, and thanks to the conditions of lava that solidifies on land, they reported this new island was likely to remain there. Although the island has grown rather quickly, it has since shrunk due to erosions.