Type of volcano: Mudvolcano
Location: East Java, Indonesia
Photos: Photos from 2009 available in format/size: JPG - 3888 x 2588 pixels. Photos from 2010 and 2011 available in format/size: RAW/JPG - 4752 x 3168 pixels.
The Sidoarjo mud flow, also informally abbreviated as Lusi, a contraction of Lumpur Sidoarjo (lumpur is the Indonesian word for mud), is a mud volcano in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia that has been in eruption since May 2006. This biggest mud volcano in the world was created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas, although company officials contend that it was caused by a distant earthquake. At its peak Lusi was spewing up to 180,000 m≥ of mud per day, but as of early 2011 it still averages approximately 30,000 m≥ (1 million cubic feet) of mud per day. It is expected that the flow will continue for the next 25 to 30 years.
27 March 2011
The center for the mudflow seen clearly in the background.
Thousands of houses are destroyed by the mudflow, here are some that still are visable.
5 December 2010
The mudflow ejects tens of meters into the air.
The Indonesian authorities moniter the increase of mud.
1 November 2009
Huge mosque that was the only multistory building in this village. The others are totally covered in mud.
A isolated outbreak of mudflow started recentely in a house approximately 500m from the edge of the original mudflow.
ōystein Lund Andersen © 2011