Large geyser erupts in Hokkaido, sending jets of water up to 40 m (130 feet) high, Japan

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A large geyser started erupting on the grounds of a shrine in Oshamanbe Town, Hokkaido, Japan on August 8, 2022.

The water is reaching a height between 30 and 40 m (100 – 130 feet) and is accompanied by a loud roaring noise.

It’s about 20 °C (68 °F) and has a sulfur-like smell and a gray tint. The collected samples of the water also showed it contains sediment.

It appears like there’s a hot spring hidden underneath the shrine grounds, though researchers have yet to make a definitive statement to that effect as they continue to study the geyser and its water.1

Oshamambe Town claims that a private business dug here more than 60 years ago to look for subsurface resources, and in 1961, gas and oil exploded.2

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References:

1 Gigantic geyser erupts from Shinto shrine’s forest on the night before its summer festival – Sora News 24 – August 11, 2022

2 Water blows up 30m Hokkaido Oshamambe Town Forest on the shrine grounds – NHK – August 10, 2022

Featured image credit: ANN News (stillshot)

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