Volcanic Activity In Jamaica? Or Mystery Fire?
Mystery Fire In TrinityVille, Jamaica
A mystery fire? Obeah? End Times? or Volcanic Activity?
Those are the questions on the minds of the residents of Moffat (Mt. Vernon) in Trinityville - a small community in the mountains of St. Thomas, Jamaica.
Over the past week, the attention of many Jamaicans have been directed with great alarm, curiosity and concern, at this unusual phenomenon deep in the mountains of St. Thomas, east of the island.
An underground fire which was discovered by a farmer from sometime in July (three months ago) continues to amaze the local community and Jamaicans in general.
And the strange (actually one of the strange) thing about it is that, certainly from the pictures, it appears that leaves and shrubs albeit dried, are still visible on top of it despite the red hot matter peculating below.
And when poked or stimulated it seems to ignite the material very easily.
Some of the initial assertions and pronouncements by locals are that:
- There might be oil deposits in the mountains,
- It might be an act of obeah
- it is a sign of volcanic activity,
- While others say it is really a sign of end times!
There is a (now popular) amatuer video on youtube that captures some of it but you might find it very offensive because of the many curse words used by some of the
local visitors to the area - who are clearly in awe and wonder.
According to the Gleaner, Professor Simon Mitchell, head of the Department of Geology and Geography here at the University of the West Indies, asserted that "there is no concrete evidence of volcanic activity".
That t is based on his initial view of the video and descriptions provided to him by the news reporting team.
According to him, this is not the first time they have heard of such a situation of burning in the ground.
"There is absolutely no chance of oil up in the mountains. The rocks are not the right rocks. It's just as simple ... It's possible that things are in the soil that can give off that scent.
So just because you're smelling something, it does not mean that it's coming from the earth, but it could be coming from something above it. Sulphur smell can be produced pretty easily,"
If you are still interested in viewing the video, you can do a quick search on youtube via this link
Oil deposits? Volcanic Activity? Obeah, or End Times? What's your take on all this mystery though?
. I welcome your feedback here
One thing I know for sure, Jamaica always have something to gain the attention from the eyes of the world :-)