The researchers at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa reported on Friday that India’s only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has once again started spewing ash- after being dormant for more than 150 years. Researchers claim that the volcano has started showing activity after more than 25 years. The last time it was active was in 1991.
A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography in Goa reported that the volcano is active and has started spewing smoke and lava once again.
“The only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is erupting once again,” CSIR-NIO said in a statement. “The Barren Island volcano, located 140-km north-east of Port Blair, dormant for more than 150 years started erupting in 1991 and has since then shown intermittent activity.”
“On the afternoon of January 23, 2017, the scientific team on board CSIR-NIO's research ship R V Sindhu Sankalp were busy collecting sea floor samples in the Andaman Basin near the Barren volcano when it suddenly started spewing ash.” “The team moved about one mile from the volcano and began closely observing it. It was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to ten minutes,” the NIO said. “The team moved about one mile from the volcano and began closely observing it. It was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to ten minutes.”
Only ash clouds were observed during the day, claims report. However, after the sundown, the researchers observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano.
The volcano was revisited in the early hours of 26th January 2017 again, led by B Nagender Nath where the team witnessed continuation of spurts of blasts and smoke.
“They have sampled the sediments and water in the vicinity of the volcano and recovered coal-like black pyroclastic material representing proximal volcanic ejecta,” the researchers said in a statement. “Clouds were seen at the crater mouth where the smoke was bellowing out in otherwise clear sky.”
Information source: ndtv
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