On Monday, a large amount of ash like mud was reported along the Swedish west coast. According to coast guards, the strange substance is drifting somewhere between Norway, Sweden and Denmark due to weather and currents. A geologists was asked to take a look at it, and the best fit guess until the laboratory results are in, is that a methane deposit have been heated causing a mudcano to form and erupt under water.

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Mystery: Volcanic ash found in Sweden could be from underwater volcanic eruption.

It was at lunchtime on Monday when the Coast Guard started receiving calls from baffled boaters and residents reporting a strange substance – similar to oil, but neither sticky nor smelly – covering the surface of the sea along the west coast of Sweden and now somewhere between Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

When officials reached the location of the strange phenomenon, they find out it wasn’t oil and started wondering what it could be. Their first guess: something of biological nature, like an algae bloom, bacteria falling from the sky or a similar phenomenon. But officials have then excluded this hypothesis too. The haven’t found any biological structures such as cells or chlorophyll.

Looking at the material more closely, officials found out it was ash, but a very sticky ash looking like mud. They then contacted a well-known volcanologist and asked him about his hypothesis and here is his answer:

Today a large amount of ash like mud has floated in to the Swedish west coast, somewhere between Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I was asked to take a look at it, and the best fit guess until the laboratory results are in, is that a methane deposit have been heated causing a mudcano to form and erupt under water.

Probably another unknown underwater volcano.

Meanwhile, samples have been taken and were sent to a lab for analysis to testify the geological hypothesis.

This is another great day to swim.

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Volcanologist’s answer to find here, Article about the mysterious phenomenon: AftonBlatet, GP

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