Alarm as large cracks and earthquakes have been reported around the mud volcano La Esmeralda near Puerto Escondido, Colombia.
Is it going to erupt next?
The Colombian Geological Survey (SCG) has detected seismic movements and large cracks have opened up in the area around the volcano La Esmeralda, Puerto Escondido, Colombia in the last few days.
The SGC has begun to monitor the mud volcano due to movements and crack that started presenting for several days.
These studies should calm worried residents about the possible risk of an imminent eruption.
Although this sudden volcanic unrest may only be linked to the normal volcano cycle of life, there is no way to everybody needs to be prepared in case the mud volcano would erupt.
Visits to the volcano have been banned for both natives and tourists. The area is now guarded by police officers.
Volcanic earthquakes are common in the area, but, in the last few days, they have increased in power and intensity.
Here a nice video of a mud volcano erupting in the sea:
Piden a Ingeominas inspeccionar grietas y actividad sísmica en Volcán de Lodo
Agrietamiento de la tierra cerca al volcán de lodo en Puerto Escondido provoca pánico
Alarma por actividad del volcán de lodo de Puerto Escondido
El volcán de lodo de Puerto Escondido está bajo la lupa del Servicio Geológico Colombiano