Sidoardjo Mud Volcano Disaster

On 28 May 2006, an industrial gas drilling company initated a torrential hot volcanic mudflow which would inundate villages and rice paddies, displacing more than 11,000 people from eight villages in the Porong district, Sidoardjo.

Families and factories as well as farms had to be relocated as the land was deem unsafe. Since then, there were more gas explosions, hot muds exploding as far as 5km unexpectedly. According to the geologists the mud volcano was collasping in its own weight

Two years on my June 2008 travels, when we visited the place briefly, there were some industrial work going on, probably related to the gas exploration works since the gas pipelines were still in operations.

As far as my eyes could see, the ruined villages were still covered by the mud, nothing has yet to be done to the area. Some people were still living in tents and have turned to begging in the streets.

Sidoardjo in East Java

Sidoardjo in East Java
The price of living next to an active volcano, the volcano exploded into a large caldera of hot mud

Sidoardjo in East Java
Many houses in the villages were destroyed by the mud and gas explosions. Two years on, nothing has been done

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java
There were quite a few people in the streets asking for money, some still lived in makeshift tents

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java
The active caldera still releasing hot vapour gaseous.

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java
Hot mud and water flows, some works are still being done to divert the hot mud safely

Sidoardjo Disaster in East Java

I found a national geographic article which would give you more details of the whole situation. You can read it here.



3 responses to “Sidoardjo Mud Volcano Disaster

  1. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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