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SHITRU: A continuous gush of smoke and ashes from a swamp at Old Wahong village, Ukhrul has left villagers fearing natural calamity in the form of volcanic eruption any time at Shitru area.
According to the villagers, smoke radius of about 2 feet along with ashes have been gushing out from the earth's surface at Shitru, a swampy area at Old Wahong village, since the last two weeks. Villagers and onlookers are expecting a volcanic eruption at the area in a short time. Any form of materials doused inside the earth gets easily heated producing more and more smoke.
Even the ashes released from the area are heated, village authority member Kapangkhui said. Continuous ejection of smoke and ashes has turned out to be a mystery to the villagers. However, with majority of the villagers preoccupied with cultivation of seasonal crops, and coupled with incessant rainfall, they are yet to inform State authorities about the mysterious phenomenon till date.
Yet, they are clueless and at the same time quite apprehensive in case the smokes and ashes turn out to be a prelude to a volcanic eruption. Shitru is just a half kilometre away from the residential area of the village.
Because of the proximity, major destruction could be faced in case of eruption, Kapangkhui stated. It may be mentioned that in 2013, a mud volcano erupted at the neighbouring village of New Tusom due to the shifting of tectonic plates of India and Myanmar. (Source)