Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Barren Island is still active

Fresh eruptions were noticed at the Barren Island volcano, India's only live volcano 135 km from Port Blair, on Friday morning.

Coast Guard dornier aircraft on regular sorties to the island reported a plume of thick smoke, fresh lava and steam coming out from the crater.

Coast Guard DIG S P S Basra told PTI that the volcano had shown activity after being dormant for three consecutive days due to incessant monsoon rains.

"It is shooting out lava and stones again since 7:30 this morning", Basra said. The volcano had erupted on May 28 after remaining dormant for 10 years.

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