Kullu: While UFO sighting has been reported from Lahaul and Spiti several times in the past, this time a more near-earth phenomenon has spread panic in a small hamlet some distance from district headquarters Kaza. On July 27 people in Rangrik village claimed to have heard and seen an explosion atop a nearby hill top, which they claimed was similar to volcanic eruption. This was followed by landslides and water gushing out of the hill continuously.
While there is only one live volcano on the Indian soil – Barrel islands in Andaman and Nicobar – the local people fear this could be another one. However, geologists in Himachal Pradesh University though rule out this theory, they claim the explosion could be due to presence of sulphor and hydro-thermal gases. Tenzin Samphal from Kullu, who talked to relatives in Rangrik said people there had been waiting for the administration to probe the matter but there has been no response. Meanwhile, they plan to trek the mountain themselves to have a closer look at the place whom where now water seems to be gushing down.