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NEWS: Ethiopia Evactuates 50000 After Recent Earthquakes And Volcanic Eruptions

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posted on Oct, 4 2005 @ 09:28 PM
50000 people are to undergo a planned evacuation in Ethiopia's northeast area due to increased seismic activity over the past month. A volcano in the Afar region erupted last month and was followed by a series of earthquakes that registered around 5.5 on the richter scale. Hundreds of animals including goats, donkeys and camels have died after falling into crevasses caused by earthquakes and residents are terrified of more activity. There are no reports of human casualties at this time. The area which is a triple junction of the Rift Valley, The Red Sea and The Gulf Of Aden, is still trembling with more activity expected in the region which experiences frequent tectonic plate movements.

Though there were no reports of human deaths, a committee had been set up to move residents to safety, he said.

Atalaye Ayele, seismologist at Addis Ababa University, told Reuters a strong initial tremor measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale and a volcanic eruption occurred in Afar state last month.

"The tremor and volcanic eruption occurred at Artali in Teru district some 700 kms (440 miles) northeast of Addis Ababa on Sept. 20 and has continued ever since," he said.

Semera, September 26,2005 (WIC) - The recent earthquake that occured in Afar state has caused landslide and big fissure in Teru locality kebele 02 of the state near the active volcano Mount Arteale, a team of geologists who have just returned from the site disclosed.

The earthquake observed from September 10 -24, 2005 is the culmination of volcanic activities in the area since millions of years ago, geologists Dr. Derge Ayalew and Dr. Gezahegn Yirgu told WIC.

The geologists said the landslide and fissure are indicators that there would be a possible volcanic eruption in the future.

A woman was injured and some 200 goats and 59 camels engulfed,it was learnt.

The geologist advised residents to keep away from the areas susceptible to eruption.

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This is an area to watch. Although it is an area that over the centuries has been busy often with tectonic movements, it has been quiet since the tsunami in Indonesia last year. There is still an unusual pattern of seismic activity at present and there may well be good reasons to evacuate these people if there is even a possibility of increased or continued activity.

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posted on Oct, 4 2005 @ 10:39 PM
I've always read that the Rift Valley will someday open up to the sea and I believe it. Earthquakes and Volcanoes are nothing new to that region, but there are a heck of a lot more people living there now than anytime in the past. Something will have to give, because the activity is likely to get more intense over time, not less.

posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 10:05 AM
Parts of the Rift Valley are 100metres below sea level so there is a potential for serious problems. The earthquakes could produce additional fracturing but unless you have specific information, there would have to be a lot of serious seismic activity to create a path for the sea to enter the valley. From what I've read so far there is not an immediate threat.


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