Shikhzekhirli mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan


Shikhzekhirli mud volcano in Azerbaijan's Gobustan erupted on January 15, 2021, covering 2.5 ha (6.2 acres) of land with solid waste. Shikhzekhirli is one of the most active mud volcanoes in the world. This is its 25th paroxysm since 1810.

The volcano erupted in three phases — the first at 17:48 LT, lasting almost 3 and a half minutes. The second phase began at 17:53 and lasted 2 minutes and 18 seconds, and the third at 17:58 LT, lasting 7 minutes.

A total of 1 700 m3 (60 000 ft3) of waste erupted from the volcano, covering 2.5 ha (6.2 acres) of land, according to AzerNews.

Bureau of Earthquake Research director Jeyhun Pashayev said that this was the 25th volcano paroxysm, i.e., spasmodic volcanic eruptions since 1810.

Shikhzekhirli is one of the most active mud volcanoes in the world.

Featured image credit: AzerNews (stillshot)


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