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.
Sources said, “The locals of Madhuban under Kathaltali village noticed underground lava-type eruption and fire that melted the electric poles and it triggered sensation.”
After being informed, scientists from the Tripura Space Application Centre (TSAC) reached the spot and examining the reason behind the fire, they found molten rock-like materials in the spot.
Avisek Chaudhuri, geologist at TSAC, who led the team, after visiting the spot and analysing the samples collected from the spot, said, “Geochemical examination is required to come to a conclusion but there is a similarity with that of the Sabroom incident which happened due to subsurface volcanic activity.”
He added that the fire, smoke and other materials running out of the ground is often due to a fault line that passes through that area.
Besides, displacement of the underground tectonic plates in that region is also creating huge subsurface heat resulting in the incident.
However, the matter is a concern for the Tripura government which is highly vulnerable to earthquakes as it lies in seismic zone V.
The seven northeastern states – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur – are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
The region experienced an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale in 1897. Over 1,600 people died in that quake.