Video of alleged molten lava in Iraq’s Kirkuk goes viral

The video shows what initially seems like molten lava gushing from the ground in Iraq's northern city of Kurkik. (Video grab)

A video purportedly showing what initially seems like molten lava gushing from the ground in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk has recently gone viral.

A community Facebook page called “Ahdath Kirkuk” or “Events of Kirkuk” warned their digital onlookers that a “small volcano has surfaced in Cornice St. [in Kirkuk],” garnering more than 514,4578 views and 6,133 shares.

On the page, Iraqis discussed whether it was burning fire from underneath the ground caused by an electrical cable or in fact a mini volcano.

To put an end to speculation, Ali Adel, a volcano specialist, explained what was happening after heading to see the pit of fire itself.

Adel told the local Al-Sumaria News website that it was “clear that the flames sprung from the combustion of an electric cable buried under the ground.”

He also said officials were notified to repair the damage.

Iraq is home to a number of extinct volcanoes and faces no threats emanating from any lava.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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