Sensation prevails after volcanic lava-like inflammable liquid has been reported erupting again in Tripura since Wednesday morning. The incident has been reported from Madhuban under Kathaltali village, on the outskirts of Agartala. This is the fourth such incident in the state in a period of one year. Last year, three such incidents were reported from Sabroom in the southern part of the state, close to Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Sensation prevailed when residents of Ananda Nagar and Madhuban in the eastern outskirts of Agartara noticed that fire was coming out of the ground near Jharjharia Biswamata School on Wednesday morning. Some black stones also were coming out of the soil along with the fire.
Sources said, “The local residents of Madhuban under Kathaltali village first noticed an underground lava-type eruption and fire. As it started melting the electric poles, it triggered sensation.”
The unusual happening caused panic in the area and the locals immediately informed the fire service. Experts from ONGC arrived and the fire was extinguished. But local people remain worried.
ONGC experts collected samples of the stones and soil but could not ascertain the reason behind the sudden eruption. They will analyse the samples but they suspect that the eruption may be due to the accumulation of methane gas underground.
Avisek Chaudhuri explained geochemical measurements were required to come to a final conclusion. However the chief geologist also underlined that the present incident was very similar to what happened in Sabroom last year. The latest was linked to methane explosion and subsurface volcanic activity.
There is indeed a fault line that passes through the area. The friction of the tectonic plates creates heat that melts rocks, thus creating a large underground magma chamber – molten rocks.
Such a weird phenomenon is of big concern for the region of Tripura, which is highly vulnerable to earthquakes. The seven northeastern states of India – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur – is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world by seismologists.
The region experienced an earthquake measuring M8.7 on the Richter scale in 1897 that killed at leat 1,600 people.
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