World's largest mud volcano to last 26 years
March 5, 2011 | 4 comments
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The eruption began in 2005 and is believed to have been started by gas drilling in the area.
Located in Indonesia the Lusi volcano initially killed 13 people and displaced 13,000 families as it spewed over 50 Olympic swimming pools worth of mud every single day, it is believed it will take 26 years for the flow to subside to a manageable level.
In 2007 and 2008, a team of scientists led by Professor Davies produced evidence that drilling caused the mud volcano. The company involved, Lapindo Brantas, has disputed the claim that a nearby gas exploration well was the trigger for the volcano, instead blaming an earthquake which happened 174 miles away. Efforts to stem the flow of the mud volcano, including plugging the crater with concrete balls failed. The creation of giant dams has contained most of the subsequent mud flow.
Source: Daily Mail
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