Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano in Hajigabul district, one of the largest in Azerbaijan erupted on January 25, 2016. The eruption started at 23:00 UTC (03:00 local time on January 26) and lasted until the morning.
The heights of the volcano were between 30 and 35 m (98.4 and 114.8 feet) during the eruption, and it was clearly visible from the neighboring areas. (APA)
Akhtarma-Pashali last time erupted on April 1, 2013, according to Adil Aliyev, head of the ANAS Institute of Geology's Mud Volcano Department. During the eruption, the volcano spewed many different rocks.
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"The volcano mud covered 18 hectares; the total area is 220 000 cubic m (7 769 226.7 cubic feet). The average thickness of the spouted material is 120 cm (3.9 feet). A lot of cracks have appeared as a result of the volcano. One of them is too big. It spread out over 2 km (6 561.7 feet). The depth of the crack is 2 m (6.6 feet), width between 30 – 80 cm (1 - 2.6 feet). At present, the volcano has calmed down. Usually, flames are observed when mud volcanoes erupt. No flame is observed in this volcano," he said.
According to the department chief, several volcanic areas separated from each other are located in the crater of eruption and every time the eruption takes place in a separate volcanic area.
21% of mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan pull a lot of oil out of surface and Akhtarma-Pashali is no different: "Oil-soaked into all wastes. It should be noted that there was also oil shale. All of them will be studied in the laboratory and concrete information about the oil and gas resources of the area will be obtained after the tests."
Akhtarma-Pashali is one of the largest volcanoes of Azerbaijan, located 35 km (21.7 miles) from Shirvan city, in the south-eastern Shirvan. The first eruption of the volcano was documented in 1948.
Featured image: Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano eruption, Azerbaijan, January 26, 2016. Image credit: Hot News