The eruption of the mud volcano Aktarma Pashali in Azerbaijan was confirmed. The first explosion took place on January 26 at 7:20, with flames which are mounted to 120-150 meters. The second occurred 10 minutes later, with a flame with a height of 20 meters. The sludge produced by the eruption spread over an area of 200-250 square meters. The eruption then stopped.
The mud volcano has ceased its eruption, according to the chairman of the regional emergency commission Sahib Aslanov. No casualties were reported, as no establishment is located around the area. The Akhtarma Pashali is located 35 kilometers from the city of Shirvan. The crater diameter is approximately 10 square kilometers.
Aslanov noted that the last eruption of the mud volcano occurred in 1963, while the first volcanic eruption was reported in 1948. The mud volcanoes are a geological phenomenon quite common and more than a thousand volcanoes sludge are known to exist in the world.
Dissemination of mud volcanoes generally indicates the existence of large pools of oil and gas, so rich in oil and gas, Azerbaijan ranks first in the number of mud volcanoes in the world. The territory of Azerbaijan contains 344 mud volcanoes and 133 of them are located in the Caspian Sea area.
The largest mud volcanoes in the world such as Boyuk Khanizadagh and Turaghai are both located in Azerbaijan. Boyuk Khanizadagh, with a diameter of 10 km and a height of 700 meters, erupted in 2001, with flames at 300 meters in the air. That was the record for the flames emitted from a mud volcano.
January 30, 2016. Akhtarma Pashali , Azerbaïdjan :
Sources : C Grandpey , Azer News .