Footage shows boiling ground under Rocky Butte – And no one knows why

December 31, 2023 by No Comments

A video uploaded yesterday showed a rather strange occurrence that took place near Rocky Butte. Here, a Portland resident captured strange scenes where the ground was literally boiling from under the concrete. The video showed the concrete bursting open with fumes appearing. Throughout the video, you could also hear a hissing noise as the air escaped from underneath the ground.

The video was originally posted to Reddit where the videographer explained, saying: “Alright so the ground appears to be slightly boiling near Rocky Butte. I’m going to go ahead and start driving in the opposite direction until someone smart on here gives an explanation other than a volcano.” Due to the location of this situation, it’s easy to see how people would jump to conclusions.

According to one user who phoned the city, it was to do with a broken steam pipe. However, the city has yet to confirm this. Logically speaking, this would make sense. Rocky Butte is an extinct cinder cone volcano located in the northeast part of the city, rising over 600 feet above the surrounding area. Having said this, the likelihood of Rocky Butte being active is incredibly slim. According to geologists, Rocky Butte last erupted between 285,000 and 500,000 years ago and it has been out of action ever since.

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