A combo image shows the flames and smoke billowing from the ground.
Sohaila Ahmed, Gulf Today
A viral video of huge underground flames has terrorised locals of southwestern Egypt, and raised many questions about the reasons behind its occurring.
The bizarre incident was captured on video as blue and red flames blasted from deep underground, causing major concerns about volcanic eruption that might have taken place.
Local authorities rushed to initiate a scientific expedition to study the phenomenon and reveal its secrets.
An expedition team discovered the presence of high-pressured gas emissions from the bottom layer of the ground, which is enriched with flammable organic matter.
Apparently, the organic matter interacted with the sulfur-containing underground water, causing the blazes to come out of ground layers, as Egyptian media revealed.
In a press conference, the Province’s Governor, Muhammad Zamlout, assured locals that the phenomenon is not dangerous by any means, pointing out that there are no volcanic activities in the area.
Moreover, a geology professor at Tanta University revealed that the phenomenon is known as ‘geysers’, which occurs due to underground-water movement.
The strange incident took place in the Beheira Governorate and was the talk of social media, where pictures of burned bundles of money were widely circulated after the reason behind the fire that caught around 420,000 Egyptian pounds (Dhs83,460) was revealed.
Egypt’s Health Ministry said 12 people suffering burns and smoke inhalation were rushed to a hospital for treatment, and all hospitals near the site were preparing to receive more injured.
The Qena Security Directorate announced that it had received information that at least 10 people had been injured as a result of an attack by an animal which the local call “Al-Salwa” in one of the areas in Qena.
A video clip of Egyptian couple riding e-scooters to their wedding venue has gone viral on social media. The video showed the couple, each riding a e-scooter, and behind them were the cars celebrating their marriage in Giza Governorate.
Of those hurt in the accident, 138 sustained minor injuries and a further 24 were still in hospital, the health ministry said. The blast blew out the windows of several houses in the surrounding area and damaged their interiors.
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