India’s only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has started spewing smoke and lava again. According to Live Mint, A team of scientists led by Dr Abhay V Mudholkar from National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, reported that the volcano is active after being dormant for 150 years. Researchers said that the volcano had begun showing signs of activity in 1991. It continues to show â€œintermittent activityâ€. It erupted for about four hours in January, scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) claimed.
The volcano is situated in Barren Islands in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago. Some unsubstantiated reports even claim that it is South Asia’s only active volcano.
Its first recorded eruption dates back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than ten times, including the one this year.
NIO said in a statement, “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.â€
The statement added, “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.â€
Ash clouds over the Volcano could easily be observed during day time â€“ NDTV reported.
After sundown, the team of scientists observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere.
Hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano were also observed.
The volcanic island is uninhabited and the northern part of the island is, as the name suggests, barren and devoid of vegetation. Private citizens of India can visit the island by chartered boats after obtaining permission of the Forest Department in Port Blair â€” the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.