Since the beginning of April, a new geyser has formed in a field near Almagro, Spain, shooting water and gas 10-15 meters (33-49 feet) in the air.
The scientists investigating the new fountain say it is most probably linked to the volcanic activity of Campo de Calatrava.
But, the new water discharge is different than the previous continuous eruptions.
The first burst occurred on April 1, around noon. It was followed by another eruption on April 5. The last explosion occurred on April 12.
Each time, the water rose about 10-15 meters for a few minutes and then disappeared.
Sound and bubbling
The water burst is preceded by a loud bubbling sound.
CO2 measurements before the event peak at 18.68% (186,800 ppm), while they reached 22% (220,000 ppm) after the event.
Values that are 500 times higher than normal.
This degassing is also accompanied by a rise of temperature from 15.8ºC at 11:39 am to 21.8ºC at 12:19 pm.
The water expulsion event occurred in an apparently abandoned borehole in the middle of a rain-fed cereal field. Therefore, a human origin has been ruled out.
Such massive gas burst aren’t unusual in the Campo de Calatrava region. Between 2011 and 2013, four other ‘geysers’ emerged between the towns of Almagro and Bolaños – close to this new fountain at Almagro.
Such a weird phenomenon took place in 1508, during which a great part of Ciudad Real was flooded with water that came from underground, flooding three hundred houses around the Puerta de Alarcos.
A bit closer to us, in 2000, the so-called ‘Jet of Granátula’ ejected a continuous stream of water, gas and sediment over 176 days, with maximum heights of 60 meters (197 feet)