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World's largest mud volcano to last 26 years

By T.K. Randall
March 5, 2011 · Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: CC 3.0 Walter Siegmund
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 | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Evilution13 12 years ago
Its still amazing a few years down the track. Just a sea of mud. What a mess. No wonder the drilling company wants to blame nature itself for the problem.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Rhino666 12 years ago
Its still amazing a few years down the track. Just a sea of mud. What a mess. No wonder the drilling company wants to blame nature itself for the problem. I doubt anyone could afford that kind of compensation.
Comment icon #3 Posted by UFO_Monster 12 years ago
So...is this supposed to be bad? I mean, will it have a global impact?
Comment icon #4 Posted by zooage 12 years ago
It shows how ignorant mankind still is. We poke holes in the ground and think that only good things will come out of them. But when something like this happens, the blame game starts. Hopfully no one else will be harmed by it in the future.


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