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Volcano behind TN forest fire?

May 27, 2007 08:15 AM IST India India

Talakundha Forests, Tamil Nadu: Nearly six km of forest cover was gutted in what appeared to be forest fire in southern Tamil Nadu.

However, residents of the area are saying that it is a volcano that has caused it.

The fire, which is spreading in Talakundha forests, is causing nausea among residents in the vicinity.

Geologists believe methane gas could be coming out of the craters, which causes dizziness and nausea.

Locals say they have seen the fire in the forest for the past one month.

The fire department also informed as the magnitude of fire increased.

“We received phone call saying that a large amount of smoke is emerging from the forest. I thought it might be a forest fire. Based on this information, fire services went there and saw that a huge fire and smoke coming from the forest. If the same situation continues, a major fire accident may take place,” said a fireman.

There has been no official confirmation so far as to whether there is a volcano or not.

The Deccan Traps, which covers nearly 5,00,000 square km of area of the southern India, are one of the largest volcanic provinces in the world.

But the only recorded active volcano in India is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Situated on the Barren Island in the Andaman Sea about 135 km away from Port Blair, it is the only historically active volcano along the N-S-trending volcanic arc extending between Sumatra and Myanmar.