Mysterious burning crack releases gas in Chimborazo, Ecuador

A mysterious burning crack is releasing gases since two weeks in a small village named Columbe situated in the Ecuadorian Andes.

The steam started coming out of the earth about 15 days ago after a controlled burn of weeds…

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This mysterious crack appeared in the ground of Columbe, Ecuador and baffles scientists. Photo: El Universo @eluniversocom

A column of steam and gas continues to emanate from a mysterious crack that opened up in a hill near Columbe, in Chimborazo, Ecuador.

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Officials are baffled and want to rule out a possible volcanic origin. Photo: El Commercio

The area has been evacuated because it is still unknown if toxic gases are released by the unexplained underground emanation.

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Incandescent material burning underground. Photo: Metro Ecuador

Investigations are ongoing. Soil and gas samples have been taken by technicians of the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School.

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Is this strange phenomenon liked to the activity of a nearby volcano? Photo: Tele Amazonas

The strange phenomenon has most probably a volcanic origin as the burning crack and the gas emanations are located approximately 45 km from the Chimborazo volcano.

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45 km to the next active volcano. Photo: Google Earth.

But officials try to rule out a volcanic origin saying the burning crack was created by the controlled burn.

According to them the underground remains incandescent and emanates gases since 2 weeks because the soil is full of organic matter, which is considered a good fuel. 🙂

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