A cloud of ash from the Nabro volcano in Eritrea reach the countries, located on the Mediterranean coast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 07:19


According to recent reports, the effects of eruptions of Nabro volcano in Eritrea (Africa) may be larger, than originally anticipated.

Yesterday, the ashes of the Nabro volcano, which began erupting on June 12, 2011 in Eritrea, reached the cities of Abu Simbel, Aswan and Luxor in the south of Egypt. According to the BBC, the Egyptian airline Egyptair currently has canceled flights to the cities of the Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, have also been re-route flights to other African countries. Several Israeli media also reported, that the cloud of ash from the Nabro volcano today has already reached of southern Israel, which is also in the short term may affect the schedule and route of flights from the Middle East.

It should be noted, that initially the nearest monitoring volcanic activity, located in Toulouse, France announced the start of the eruption on June 12, 2011 the Dubbo volcano. Dubbo volcano is active volcano in Eritrea, located 23 kilometers south of the Red Sea. But already on June 13, was informed about eruptions of Nabro volcano in Eritrea.

Nabro is a volcano, located in the northern Red Sea near the border of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Eruption of Nabro volcano preceded by a series of earthquakes with magnitudes up to 5.7 points. The eruption of the Nabro volcano spewed ash to a height of 15 km. At present there are no historical evidence of a volcanic eruptions of Nabro volcano,since the last eruption of Nabro volcano occurred about 12 thoUSAnd years ago, and the eruption of this volcano is now caused a big surprise to scientists. Even at the Center for monitoring of natural hazards of NASA did not expect a volcanic eruption in this region, therefore, by coincidence, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Ethiopia, almost simultaneously with the beginning of a volcanic eruption of Nabro volcano on the border of Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the next day, U.S. Secretary of State was forced to interrupt his tour of Africa, as a cloud of ash from the Nabro volcano moved to the capital of Ethiopia, where there was Hillary Clinton.

Scientists are paying attention to the fact, that Nabro volcano is not a simple volcano, Nabro - is a volcanic caldera in the northeastern part of the East African Rift Valley. volcanic calderas are round or oval shape, reaching several kilometers in diameter and surrounded by a low ridge from the remnants struck the cone of the volcano.

According to the latest NASA imagery (see a photo), the ash from the Nabro volcano movement of air masses moves to the side of Egypt, Libya, Greece, Italy, France, so may be cancel some flights to these countries, as well as reduction of air strikes by NATO forces in Libya. Part of the ash movement of air masses moves to the side of the Middle East countries, it is probably of cancellation of flights in the Middle East countries, especially located on the cost of Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, if the eruption of Nabro volcano will not stop, there is a probably of reducing the flow of tourists to the resorts of the Mediterranean Sea, due to the cancellation of flights.

It should be noted, that the Nabro volcano is not the only volcanic hazard for Europe, according to the latest pictures taken a few minutes ago, at the time of this writing, there is sluggish activity of the Etna volcano in Italy, is even seen as above the Etna volcano rises plume. And Etna volcano - it's not a small Nabro volcano, Etna volcano- is the largest volcano in Europe, which covers an area of 1250 square kilometers.

According to Italian media, "friendly" nature of the Etna volcano is changing. Despite the fact, that over the past hundred years, the nature of Etna volcano was pretty quiet, but now the behavior of Etna volcano, which previously was considered active, but not dangerous, it becomes increasingly suspicious and Italian volcanologists warn that the nature of the eruptions of Etna volcano ranges from effusive in which the lava poured onto the surface slowly and stands a little volcanic gases, to the explosive. And Europe is already one, about 3.5 million years ago survived a powerful explosive eruption of Santorini volcano, when a big wave of a tSunami, caused by the explosion of the Santorini volcano, swept away many of the towns and villages on the island of Crete and all the Mediterranean coast.

But while the activity of the Etna volcano is not passed into the active phase, so can not speak of repeating the scenario of Santorini volcano.

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