An eruption of gas and smoke emerged from a football field near the Mexican town of Pueblo Viejo in the state of Michoacan, sparking fears that a new volcano is forming under the town.
A number of animals have reportedly been burned by the hot steam escaping from the ground.
The smoke has been rising from the field since Sunday, July 9, 2017 and local authorities have now prohibited the access to the site.
The cause of the eruption was geothermal activity from an underground swamp. The temperatures in the subsoil reached 360 °C (680 °F).
About a week ago, a giant geyser suddenly erupted in the same provine of Michoacan:
Although experts have reassured residents that a volcano will not form, residents remain skeptical.
They’re claiming it could be a birth of a new volcano. However, it may also be an underground fire. Michoacan is full of volcanic structures, somewhere around 1200 and nearly all monogenetic.