May 30, 2014
Specialists from the Venezuelan Foundation for Seismological Research (Funvisis) carried out a technical-scientific inspection in the Altos de Reyes de Bejuma sector, Carabobo state, where they detected a phenomenon of spontaneous underground combustion of coal layers.
This review was carried out by the Funvisis professionals after the inhabitants of that community reported a suspected volcano or fumarole.
The members of the team from the seismological institution explained that it is “a layer of coal from the subsoil that is burning, it is a natural and normal phenomenon.”
In that sense, they denied that it was volcanism or fumaroles. Temperatures higher than 350 degrees Celsius were recorded at the site. “The fumaroles are emissions of water vapor, the water boils at 100 ºC, you cannot have water over 350 ºC”, states a press release.
Funvisis professionals detailed that this type of natural phenomenon has occurred in the states of Anzoátegui, Lara, Táchira and Zulia. However, it is the first time that it has been reported in the central zone of Venezuela.
“Since 1579 there are reports of this type of phenomenon in the Lara state, as is the case of the so-called Sanare Volcano. There is also one in Carora that has been active since 1950. Once it is turned on, geologically it is not possible to predict how long it will last, ”says the press release.
The Funvisis commission asked the community to be cautious because the site is very unstable and “someone can fall and sink. Avoid going to the place ”.
They recommend that the community and the Bejuma Fire Department cordon off the affected area, due to the instability of the terrain. Several of these cracks have high temperatures and the emission of gases that can be dangerous to human contact.
via Funvisis identifies underground combustion of layers of coal in Bejuma.
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