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Azerbaijani tourism on a volcano2012-09-21 17:05
In Baku, a mud volcano Lokbatan has erupted. According to witnesses, the eruption was preceded by a strong buzz, and then mud and fire spewed. The eruption lasted for several hours. The fire brigade and members of other services arrived at the scene.
Scientists recall, last time the mud volcano Lokbatan erupted on February 4, 2010. For the all history of the observation since 1826, there have been 24 eruptions. According to the chief researcher of the Department of mud volcanoes in the Institute of Geology, Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Doctor in Geology and Mineralogy Orhan Abbasov, mud volcanoes fade very quickly, within a day or a few hours, since they have little power.
In Azerbaijan, there are dozens of mud volcanoes, most of which are located on the Absheron and in the spurs of the Greater Caucasus. Their periodic eruptions until have not led to serious problems or victims. Max damage was torrents of mud.
However, careful attention to the event may be explained by the fact that according to scientists, mud volcanoes are directly related to tectonic changes in the earth's crust, which contributes to earthquakes. According to ANAS studies, 5 and above points on the Richter scale earthquake can contribute to the activity of mud volcanoes. It is no accident that the scientists arrived at the place of the eruption along with representatives of other services. They are going to study the causes of volcanic eruption and its impact on the environment.
It has been proved that in anticipation of earthquakes, when accumulation of energy in the depths takes place, activity of mud volcanoes also takes place. Amount of certain components in the water and gas, emitted to the surface, is increased. For example, the gas contains an increased amount of helium and carbon dioxide and the water contains increased level of sulfates and chlorides. Scientists call the mud volcanoes the natural wells to study the structure of the crust and the processes occurring in it.