Foul Smell of Gas reported across Malta

Maltese people from all over the island are concerned about the foul smell of gas-like nature, which is present in many localities at the moment. Hundreds of reports have been made to the Civil Protection Dept and to the police, but noone has given concrete answers or explanations.

Many discussions are ongoing online, mainly on the timesofmalta.com but even there, not all comments are being published and today we read a fresh new article which is clearly aimed at removing the focus from the original one. For this reason I encourage you to keep discussing here on this ever popular local blog.

Enemalta was blamed by many, but they confirmed that appropriate investigation has been carried out at all of the corporation’s installations, in several towns and villages and no leakages have been detected. They also reassured the public that the foul smell of gas reported across Malta is not hazardous, but they could not identify its source.

Loads of comments have been pouring in, all trying to come up with explanations about the bad smell hitting our island. Given the widespread detection of these gases, I personally think it could be any of the following two options:

Last year in 2008, a similar foul smell was detected in parts of England and Wales and they could not identify its sources exactly either, click here to read more.

Scientists confirm that foul-smelling sulfur gas accompanied by earth tremors could be an indication that a volcano is waking up. It’s also a known fact that there’s a dormant volcano below sea level between Malta and Sicily. Adding to that, the Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit at the University of Malta recorded earthquake activities south-west of Malta too, click here to see live analysis.

The questions we’re all asking now:

  • Are local authorities doing all the necessary investigations to identify the cause of this foul smell?
  • Is there a reason to be concerned or is it just a natural occasionally recurring phenomenon?

Feel free to comment below and share your ideas! If you’re interested in reading about the naming of disasters, read more here.

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