The eruption of historic Nabro volcano, Eritrea

Last update: June 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm by By

During the late afternoon and evening of June 12 2011, a series of moderate earthquakes struck the Afambo, Eritrea area. The moderate earthquakes were followed by 2 strong 5.7 earthquakes. Nabro is an Eritrean volcano with NO historic eruption record. 

Based on the earthquake pattern and the locations of the epicenter, volcano activity seemed imminent. Our very extensive report is also the work of many of our readers who gave a lot of input. This proves that together, we can beat a lot of information services, especially in developing countries.

From the earthquake swarm until the eruption (day 1 and 2)
This is part 1 of our Nabro volcano eruption reporting.
Day 1 and 2 of our reporting describes the swarm of moderate to strong earthquakes who did initiate the explosion of a crater which at that time was still called Dubbi, as this was the only volcano in the area with proven eruption (1861) record. With the help of our readers, we were able to gradually find evidence that it could be Nabro that was erupted. Unbelievable for most, but 100% certain for the satellite analyzers among us.

Air traffic disruption and the aid of NASA HD satellite images (day 3, 4 and 5)
This is part 2 of the Nabro volcano eruption reporting.
Day 3, 4 and 5 of our reporting describes the buildup of evidence that not Dubbi but Nabro has been erupted via NASA and EUMETSAT satellite pictures. This was only possible with a lot of interaction from our readers.

Renewed stronger activity + video from the eruption (day 6 and after)
This is part 3 of the Nabro volcano eruption reporting.
Day 6 and later were  used to follow the eruption pattern (by NASA satellite images) and to continue pressuring both Eritrean and Ethiopian governments to report on the implications (damage and casualties). On Wednesday we were able to republish a portion of the TV news bulletin from Eri.TV, the Eritrean National TV station (others are not allowed). Only after 10 days became clear that 7 people were killed in Eritrea alone. After 10 days NO news yet out of Ethiopia.

 

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