14 Jun 2011

Eruption in Eritrea

5:40 am on 14 June 2011

A volcano has erupted in Eritrea. Seismologists said the eruption at the Dubbi volcano in the Southern Red Sea Region began around midnight on on Sunday, sending a plume of ash 13.5km into the sky.

It was the volcano's first eruption since 1861.

The BBC reports the eruption was preceded by a series of moderate earthquakes, the strongest of which was magnitude 5.7.

The Dubbi Volcano is located in a tectonic triple junction known as the Danakil depression that spans parts of Eritrea and Ethiopia.