Washington – An island suddenly appeared in the Red Sea west of Yemen. Four satellite owned by aviation and space agency (NASA) were deployed to observe this new land.
In its official website, NASA said the new location of the island previously covered by sea water. This is evidenced by satellite imagery collected in 2007.
The first report the presence of a new island is derived from fishermen who saw the source of lava burst from the sea to a height of 30 meters. on December 19, 2011. NASA followed up this report by reviewing the location using remote sensing satellite named Terra and Aqua, respectively on 20 and 22 December.
Ozone monitoring satellite named Aura also asked to measure the composition of the atmosphere in this area. The results, found elevated levels of sulfur dioxide. “Satellite images indicate an eruption,” said NASA in its official website.
On December 23, 2011, NASA discovered a new island location right in the eruption. The island is flanked by the eruption of Haycock Island in the north and Rugged Island in the South. Each island stretches about a kilometer.
Earth Observing-1 satellite is equipped equipment called The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) that can capture high resolution images that capture a new land in the Red Sea. Besides the mainland, the image also shows the emergence of thick smoke over the island which is estimated to consist of volcanic ash and water vapor.
This finding may occur because the scene is part of the cracks at the base of the Red Sea which divides the continent of Africa and Arabia. Group of islands that are now getting new members is located on the Zubair Group, which is a collection of small islands that extends from northwest to southeast.