A live volcano has come to light in Rangrik village of Lahaul and Spiti district, 425 kms from here. The volcano, according to locals erupted on Wednesday evening.

"We heard a blast on the hill and then flames came out from the eruption site followed by molten material," Tanpa Lama, a local Buddhist preacher said.

Ashwani Ramesh, SDM, Kaza has confirmed the volcano eruption and said that a team of geologists and revenue officers has been sent to Rangrik village.

"We have sent a team of revenue officials to take stock of the situation," Ashwani Ramesh said.

According to locals, if the volcano remains active it can destroy 118 houses besides the Rong Tong hydel power project.