The ground is so hot in one part of Southern California it can melt the shoes right off your feet.
An unexplained "thermal anomaly" caused a patch of land in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, to reach a temperature of over 800 degrees on Friday, baffling experts who have been monitoring the area for weeks.
The anomaly was discovered after the land got so hot that it started a brush fire and burned three acres last month.
Firefighters were brought to the scene after reports of a blaze, but by the time they arrived only smoldering dirt and brush remained.
That sounds pretty crazy. Must be one of two things: A Geothermal Anomaly – Or…something completely different, something much more sinister. Dun Dun Dun…
Okay, so I know that’s ridiculous, but it seemed like a good lead in for the Audio Recordings of Hell, but that’s another story for later.
All right, back to the real explanations now.
One theory is that natural hydrocarbons, such as oil or gas, are burning deep in the earth and seeping out through cracks in the area, causing the surface to rapidly heat and generate smoke.
According to the Star, Allen King, a former geologist with the U.S. Forest Service recently stuck a thermometer into the ground and got a reading of 550 degrees — so hot that it melted the glue holding the sole of his boots together.
"After that we were more cautious about standing in one place for too long," he said.
Sounds to me like you shouldn’t be standing there at all.