Volcanism in Saudi Arabia

Just when you thought it was safe to count on cheap gas for another week, we have news of newly active volcanism in Saudi Arabia:

Local residents have become increasingly alarmed after experiencing the biggest tremor thus far registering 4.15 on the Richter scale early Thursday following ten successive tremors, some of which were felt for the first time as far as Yanbu located 150 km from Al-Eis.

After the tremor, a voluntary evacuation operation began in which three families from Al-Qarrassah village were taken to a shelter camp, 45 km from Al-Eis.

Maj. Gen. Saleh Al-Muhawwis, Director General of Civil Defense in Madina Region, said the families that wanted to be transported to the shelter camp have been taken there. He said the forced evacuation stage would not begin until there were indications of great danger.

Informed sources said the molten rocks (magma) being pushed upward have reached 3 km below the surface of the earth whereas recently they were at a depth of 4 km.

[via Saudi Gazette]

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