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World's largest mud eruption source found

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On May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java. Boiling mud, water, rocks and gas poured from newly-created vents in the ground, burying entire towns and compelling many Indonesians to flee. By September 2006, the largest eruption site reached a peak, and enough mud gushed on the surface to fill 72 Olympic-sized swimming pools daily.

Indonesians frantically built levees to contain the mud and save the surrounding settlements and rice fields from being covered. The eruption, known as Lusi, is still ongoing and has become the most destructive ongoing mud eruption in history.

Now, more than 11 years after it first erupted, researchers may have figured out why the mudflows haven't stopped: deep underground, Lusi is connected to a nearby volcanic system.

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-scientists-source-world-largest-mud.html

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We know so little about what goes on right beneath our feet, it's scary.  

There's such powerful forces down there capable of such destruction and we know almost nothing about their movements.  

We typically only know as an event is occurring.

Crazy stuff!

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