Until June 6, 2014, the Indian continent had not seen active volcanism during the last 60 million years. On 6 June 2014, a crack opened in the ground near the village of Gadiya in Kangra district of the state Himachal Pradesh, India. Flames, gas and volcanic magma came out of a hole four yards wide, soil and researchers office of Indian Geological Survey confirmed that magma is, is the production of lava that comes from deep within the earth and pierced the crust.
This is the first volcanic eruption ever seen in India, because the man was not there when the latter arrived there 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period.
The Deccan Traps marked the last, breaking the crust releasing a large effusion of magma in India. They are one of the largest volcanic provinces in the world. It consists of more than 6,500 feet (> 2000 m) lying basalt lava flows and covers an area of nearly 200,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers) (about the size of Washington and Oregon combined) in the center West India. Estimates of the original area covered by lava flows are as high as 600,000 square miles (1,500,000 square kilometers). The volume of basalt is estimated at 12,275 cubic miles (512,000 cubic km) (1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens produces 1 cubic km of volcanic material). The Deccan Traps flood basalts are similar to basalts of the Columbia River in northwestern United States. (Source)
The giant eruption of Deccan threw so many gases in the atmosphere, is suspected to have played an important role in mass extinctions.
Parliamentary Secretary Jagjivan Pal, in the district assembly Sulah and falls in the region, visited the place this Tuesday, June 10, 2014. He said flames and hot liquid from the hill had created the panic.
“The temperature in the region has increased significantly in the basement and people say an electric steel pole had become bright red, there a few days,” he has said. Pal said that a material such as sulfur black stone appeared and flows outside the perimeter of the hill. (Source)
The outpouring of lava and gas continues to flow and the villagers are informed that they may lose their home if it continues. The nearest village is only 90 meters from the square.
The eruption of Deccan like India and had a profound effect on the whole planet, hope this is not the start of something much, much more.