Indonesian mud volcano has been active for 13 years • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an overview of the Sidoarjo mud flow, which is the result of a mud volcano on the island of Java, Indonesia that has been erupting for 13 years.

On May 29, 2006, boiling hot mud and gas began pouring out of a rice field near a gas exploration well in East Java.

The flow from the mud volcano, which is known as Lusi, has displaced more than 40,000 people, destroyed 15 villages, and caused nearly $3 billion in damage.

This image of the Indonesian island was captured on June 11, 2019 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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