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Sacred Volcano Might Cause Destruction in North Korea
Mount Paektu, a mysterious and perilous giant volcano located on the border of China and North Korea, is currently dormant. North Korean authorities invited seismologists from China and Western countries to check the possibility of volcanic eruption at Mount Paektu. A millennium ago when it erupted ferociously, it resulted in one of biggest explosions ever reported in history, with rocks and ash reaching as far as Japan.
Though the volcano, which is called Changbai in Chinese, erupted violently, till date its existence remains primarily a mystery. It cannot be said as to when this volcano might explode once again. Mount Paektu is considered as a sacred mountain in North Korea. Its height is 9,000 feet (2,740 meters).
A team of international scientists, equipped with a series of seismometers and nearly unparalleled accessibility to North Korea, is now seeking examining the depths of Mount Paektu. Scientists believe that they might be able to discover the probability of future volcanic explosion by studying the shifting layers of Earth.
Providing information regarding subsurface composition of the volcano the co-author of the study Kayla Iacovino of the U.S. Geological Survey said, “Is there magma down there? Is there melt that could potentially lead to an eruption? All the stuff that’s driving volcanic eruptions lives in the subsurface”.
Mount Paektu has received so much attention because of its strange location. While other volcanoes are situated at the point of collision between tectonic plates, this particular volcano is located in the middle of a plate. It is at a distance of a minimum of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the enormous subduction zone, which was responsible for the creation of Japan.
Basically, Mount Paektu should not even actually exist at the place where it is. Iacovino stated that this is one of the biggest mysteries. Mount Paektu is considered sacred by the people of North Korea. Hot springs and gassy vents at the higher altitudes of the volcano suggest that its volcanic nature is still existent.