A VOLCANO known as the “Gateway to Hell” has left scientists baffled and has begun to crack apart and spurt lava.
Erta Ale, a massive hellish volcano which has been active for more than 100 years, has began to fracture as the lava in its spluttering molten lakes begins to rise.
NASA images have revealed cracks snaking their way across the volcanic terrain which are seeping lava.
Researchers have also been left shocked as lava lakes around the summit have begun to overflow and ooze red-hot magma.
The volcano on the Ethiopian and Eritrean border in Africa is known as the “Gateway to Hell”.
Lava lakes have gurgled and splattered across the terrain for decades, and periodically explode
Fissures are now beginning to tear apart the volcanic terrain and local scientists from the Addis Ababa University are now studying the cracks.
Plumes of volcanic gases and steam are also spewing from the lava lakes as the volcano begins to rage with activity.
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