Andaman’s Barren Island volcano is active again after 150 years

Published on : Saturday, February 18, 2017

Barren IslandThe one and only volcano in India that is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that had started showing certain signs of activity in the year 1991. This was following its dormant stage for more than 150 years. Researchers at the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said that the volcano there had started spewing ash.


CSIR-NIO said in an official statement that the only live volcano located in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is erupting once more.


The volcano is based at a distance of about 140 kms away from the north-eastern part of Port Blair. It had been dormant for more than 150 years and ever since that time it has actually displayed a few years of intermittent activity.


A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar belonging to the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (SCIR-NIO) in Goa had reported about the recent volcanic activity taking place here. They had been collecting sea floor samples in the Andaman Basin close to the volcano when it started spewing ash.


Thereafter, the team moved away one mile from the volcano and started observing it quite closely. It was erupting in small episodes and it lasted for about five to ten minutes.


During the day time, only ash clouds were noticed.


But then, soon after sunset, the team observed red lava fountains spewing out from the crater into the air.



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