Tumulus volcano vent near Texas explodes in spectacular eruption
A Tumulon volcano vent in southern Texas erupted violently and in a spectacular fashion, erupting with the force of a magnitude-5.0 earthquake and causing widespread destruction, state officials said Wednesday.
The eruption of a vent at the Volcanic Peak area near the town of Denton near the Mexican border has caused extensive damage, according to a statement from the state.
The vent, which was about 2,300 feet (800 meters) above sea level, was first discovered in April 2017, and the state was first alerted to the eruption in August 2018, the statement said.
The state’s Natural Resources Conservation Commission on Tuesday ordered the removal of trees from the area.
The Tumulo volcano, which has been active for more than 200 years, erupted about 10 minutes into a routine visit by a state agency, and there were no injuries, officials said.
It was not immediately clear if the eruption was related to a natural disaster.
Tumulons volcano is located on the southern flank of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.