Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sidoarjo, Indonesia

On May 29, 2006, a natural gas well being drilled in Sidoarjo, Indonesia seemingly caused a mud volcano to erupt some 600 feet away.  There are a few different hypothesis as to how exactly this happened, including the company blaming the volcano on a distant earthquake, but most outside opinions say that a blow-out during drilling caused a fracture in a confining layer that was holding back the mud.


June, 2006


November, 2006


July, 2010


You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords:      07°31'34.16"S   112°42'42.61"E


Check back next week to see the destruction caused by the costliest disaster in US history.