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1Visit The Barren Island To See The Only Active Volcano In South Asia
Visit The Barren Island To See The Only Active Volcano In South Asia

Barren-Island is a tiny island in Indian Ocean, situated towards the eastern part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This island is famous for its active volcano and is located at a distance of about 135 km from the capital city of Port Blair, in the Andaman sea. Literally a barren island, this place is dominated by feral goats and rats. Vegetation can be found on the outer caldera and also in some parts of the inner caldera. Also there are two freshwater springs towards the south-eastern part of the island, which are the main water source for feral goats. Barren Island is accessible by board vessels and is a place of major tourist attraction as it is the only active volcano in South Asia. 

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Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.3/5

581 reviews

The island with a volcano

Barren Island is a small island in the Andaman and Nicobar Island which has the only active volcano in India. Going by its name, you can possibly guess that the island is deserted. The last erupted a few years back only. There are helicopter services from Port Blair to Barren Island providing ariel views of the volcano.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh3.9/5

581 reviews

The Only Volcano-Barren Island

Barren Island in Andaman and Nicobar, houses the only live volcano of India. As you can guess by its name, the island has been deserted since the first explosion. The billion year old volcano remained dormant till many years. Flight services are available from Port Blair to Barren Island which offers aerial view of the volcano.

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Barren-Island is a tiny island in Indian Ocean, situated towards the eastern part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This island is famous for its active volcano and is located at a distance of about 135 km from the capital city of Port Blair, in the Andaman sea.

Barren-Island, which is a land of active volcano, covers about 10 km² of area and lies at an altitude of 305 m above sea level. The volcano at Barren Island is the only active volcano in the Indian subcontinent. The volcano at this island is classified as Strato-Volcano with characteristic pyroclastic cones. The volcano rises abruptly in the water and is situated half km away from the seashore and is about 150 fathoms deep.

The first volcanic eruption in Barren Island was reported in 1787. The eruption that took place in 1991 was followed by a series of eruptions for about 6 months, which caused great damage to the island. The recent eruption took place in 2005 – 2007 and is connected with the Indian Ocean Earthquake of 2004.

As per geological, volcano-logical, geochemical and geothermal studies, Barren Island, has 3 a km diameter and is situated amidst the volcanic belt at the edge of the Indian and Burmese/Myanma tectonic plates. Also, it is the only active volcano along the inner volcanic arch stretching from Sumatra to Myanmar. It is revealed that, this island is the summit of a 2250 m high strato-volcano situated on the sea floor.

The active volcano at Barren Island existed even during the late Pleistocene period. This is proven by the 250 – 350 m high pre-caldera deposits which were the results of a series of explosions during this period. These pre-caldera deposits are about 2 km wide and cover the island like walls.

Literally a barren island, this Island is dominated by feral goats and rats. Vegetation can be found on the outer caldera and also in some parts of the inner caldera. Also there are two freshwater springs towards the south-eastern part of the island, which are the main water source for feral goats.

Barren Island is accessible by board vessels and is a place of major tourist attraction as it is the only active volcano in South Asia.

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