The only active volcano in India, The Barren Island near Andaman & Nicobar Islands is active again after showing signs of ‘intermittent activity’ after being almost dead for 150 years.
Researchers from the National Institute of Oceanography said, “the volcano, which was dormant for 150 years, had begun showing signs of activity in 1991. It continues to show “intermittent activity.”
The NIO further clarified,
“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. Clouds were seen at the crater mouth where the smoke was bellowing out in otherwise clear sky.”
The team of scientists is being led by Abhay V Mudholkar said, “In the evening, the team also saw red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano.”