A volcano erupted today on a tiny island off Yemen – according to a report by Canadian Navy.
Ken Allan,a Navy spokesman, said a NATO fleet just outside the territorial waters of the tiny Yemeni island reported seeing a “catastrophic volcanic eruption” at 7 p.m. local time. The 2-mile-long island is about 70 miles off the coast of Yemen.
“At this time, the entire island is aglow with lava and magma as it pours down into the sea. We do not have confirmation of how many people were on this island at the time of the eruption,” Allan said in an e-mail.

“The lava is spewing hundreds of feet into the air, with the volcanic ash also (rising) a thousand feet in the air,” Allan said.

The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed they are trying to locate nine people believed to be at sea after Yemeni coast guard requested help from the NATO fleet.

The NATO fleet was sailing toward the Suez Canal when it spotted the volcanic eruption.

The government of Yemen asked NATO officials to assist them  in searching  for survivors and the closet ship, the HMCS Toronto, is heading toward the island.

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