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Volcanic False Alarm Scares Northern India Villagers June 13, 2014
Northern India 'volcanic' eruption.
Cell phone images of an 'eruption' in northern India's Himachal Pradesh state.
Reports of flames and liquid spewing from a hillside in northern India triggered panic and fears that the “volcano-like eruption” could destroy homes and crops.

There are no active lava volcanoes on the Indian subcontinent, but local officials confirmed the “eruption” in the Himachal Pradesh state village of Gadiyada.

“Gases and liquids are being emitted from holes in a (10-foot) area around the hill where the volcanic activity took place,” said Ved Prakash, president of the local village council.

The Times of India reports that further examination by a team from the Geological Survey of India determined that the fiery phenomenon was due to a high-voltage current passing through the ground from an electric pole located on the hill.

They found that the extreme heat caused by the current melted silica stones, which appeared to spew as lava.

Photos: Unnamed cell phone users.