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10/01/2007

Volcano erupts off Yemen killing 8 soldiers

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Lava flows and clouds of smoke and ash reach skyward after a volcano eruption on the island of Jazirt Atta-Ir in the Red Sea, 70 nautical miles (130 km) off the coast of Yemen, in this infra-red photo taken from the deck of the Canadian frigate HMCS TORONTO, September 30, 2007. REUTERS/MCpl Kevin Paul, Canadian Forces Combat Camera/Handout

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A volcanic eruption off the Red Sea coast of Yemen spewed lava hundreds of yards into the air Sunday evening and at least 9 people were missing at sea. The eruption occurred on Jazirt Mount al-Tair, an island about 80 miles (140 km) from Yemen. A Defence Ministry official said the western part of the island had "collapsed" following the eruption. Naval ships were searching the surrounding waters for nine missing Yemeni soldiers who were stationed on the island. Several earthquakes felt on Sunday had triggered the eruption. "Three earthquakes struck the island around 1127 GMT on Sunday, and were ranging between 4.3 and 4 on the Richter scale." A Canadian frigate is conducting a search and rescue operation at the request of the Yemen coast guard. It said it was trying to locate nine people believed to be at sea in the area. Lava was spewing hundreds of yards into the air, with volcanic ash also rising 300 yards. The entire two-mile-long (three-km-long) island was aglow with lava and magma as it poured into the sea. A Yemeni geologist said the volcano had previously erupted in the 19th and 18th centuries, and is regarded as one of the Red Sea's more recent volcanic islands. Continued

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