Dec 3, 2011

A Mud Volcano

Since the first eruption at May, 2006, last Sunday was my first time to see it with my own eyes. This under ground mud volcano is commonly called as the Sidoarjo mud flow or Lapindo mud. It’s one of the biggest mud volcanoes in the world that created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT. Lapindo Brantas, although the company officials argued that it’s caused by a distant earthquake.

Though the recent spewing up mud volume has already decreased to the half of the amount at its peak (180.000 m3 of mud per day), I still can see it as the big disaster that has affected many people’s life around the area of 1.500 ha.

It’s expected that the flow will maintain for the next 25 to 30 years. Since November 2008, the Sidoarjo mud flow has been contained by levees. The visitors aren’t allowed nearing the gush point. We only saw it from a far distance.

Two reservoirs are made to receive the water from the mud lake. That's why the mud lake looks dry.

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7 comments:

Your Mobile Need said...

wah, masih belum selesai ya semburan lumpurnya...
mudah2an bisa cepat selesai...

Harry Snowden said...

Wow...thats really impressive. Kinda sad that it is man made

LauraX said...

that is so sad...but the photos are beautiful nonetheless.

Soulful said...

wow! that reminds me of our own 'Mt. Pinatubo' but i haven't seen it that close, lol!

by the way, do you mind checking out on Never Meant to Be?

souvenir tasbih cantik said...

emh... the big disaster that human error ever made :(

Dragonstar said...

What a dreadful thing to happen, and to think of it lasting so long. Your photos show the desolation caused.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Frightening and awful. Had not heard of this before.

Your photographs show the kind of beauty that can emerge strangely from catastrophe.

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