‘Volcano-like eruption’ on India’s Manipur hills, locals flee to safety

October 22, 2013 Manipur, INDIA – A suspected volcano-like eruption has been reported in a remote village of Manipur near the India-Myanmar border which forced locals to evacuate the area, official sources said on Sunday. According to locals in Tusom village in Ukhrul district of Manipur, a deafening sound was followed by the rolling down of a huge boulder from a nearby hilltop which then released a lava-like liquid that charred trees and plants on the hill slopes. Although the incident reportedly occurred on October 13, road link between the district headquarters and Tusom was so bad it took the villagers several days to reach the information about the matter to the officials concerned, sources said. The district headquarters is 120km away from the village. No casualty was, however, reported in the incident. Official reports from the district said mud, water and other discharges were still flowing from the hilltop. Villagers have moved to safer places in the neighborhood, they added.
Sources said it would take time to assess whether the event was a volcanic eruption or not. Deputy speaker of Manipur assembly, MK Preshow said he would lead an official team to assess the damages. Tusom village falls under his assembly constituency of Chingai. Preshow said he would ask officials to take precautionary measures in the area, which falls near border pillar No. 129. Villagers in the said area rely entirely on the Somra area of neighboring Myanmar for their items of daily use, Preshow said. However, since the road to Somra was blocked following the incident, steps would be taken by the state government to supply the villagers with essential items, Preshow added. –Times of India
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4 Responses to ‘Volcano-like eruption’ on India’s Manipur hills, locals flee to safety

  1. Susan M says:

    I would very much like to see a follow-up post here on this event. The concept of a “volcano-like eruption” is completely new to me. This is the first time I’ve heard of an event that was not immediately identifiable as volcanic or otherwise. Thank you!

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  2. George says:

    I thought it was an unusual area for a volcano and found a little more information, but it could be a new volcano. … quote from blog………
    ‘There are currently no active volcanoes in the India/Myanmar border region, or indeed anywhere in mainland South or Southeast Asia, however the region is located on the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian Plates, two tectonic plates currently in a state of collision, so volcanic activity here is, at least in theory, possible.
    However it is also possible that the source of the eruption is a mud volcano, the result not of hot magma rising up from deep within the Earth, but of liquids or gasses being released suddenly from rocks into soft sediments, resulting in dramatic upwelling of mud and gas. A number of such mud volcanoes are known in northern Myanmar, associated with gasses which are released from oil fields there during (fairly frequent) earthquakes. Since the gasses released by these events are highly flammable, explosions and burning of vegetation are a possible side effect of such eruptions.’

    from this blog – http://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/mysterious-eruption-in-manipur.html

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    • Susan M says:

      Thanks, George. The blog post you included also has an interesting photo of a fire eruption coming from gas fields near Baku, Azerbaijan. Interesting!

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  3. Irene C says:

    Deafening sound, rolling boulders, lava-like liquid, charred plants – I would say that sounds like an eruption. Thankfully the locals were able to evacuate, even though 120 km is quite a hike. Also thankful that the government will help take care of these people.

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