Indian Volcano active after 150 years

India’s only live volcano started showing activity in 1991 after being dormant for over 150 years in Andaman and Nicobar islands has once again started emitting ash.

The researchers of National Institute of oceanography, Goa, said on Friday, “The only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is erupting once again. 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”.A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa, reported that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again.

A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa, reported that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again.The NIO said,  “On the afternoon of January 23, 2017, the scientific team on board CSIR-NIO’s research ship R V Sindhu Sankalp were busy collecting seafloor 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,  “On the afternoon of January 23, 2017, the scientific team on board CSIR-NIO’s research ship R V Sindhu Sankalp were busy collecting seafloor 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.”
Only ash clouds were observed during the daytime, however, in the evening, the team observed red lava fountains emitting from the crater into the atmosphere.

NIO has said the volcano was revisited in the early hours of January 26, 2017, again during the second leg of the cruise led by B Nagender Nath, it said, adding the team witnessed the continuation of spurts of blasts and smoke.

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