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.
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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.
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.
Iranian state TV reported that rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit area and added there were no casualties.
The blast was so powerful that it toppled the truck carrying police officers into a ravine, police chief Meher said, adding that the bombing also damaged a nearby car carrying members of a family. He said that the anti-polio campaign will continue even after the bombing.
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