The Sidoarjo Mudflow is an ongoing disaster caused by eruption of gas and mud in East Java, Indonesia.
Hot mud has been flowing since May 2006 and it appears that the flow will continue indefinitely. It is the biggest mud volcano in the world, created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas. Company officials however, contend it was caused by a earthquake.
Since September 2006, the hot mudflow has inundated rice paddies and villages, resulting in the displacement of more than 12,000 people from 13 villages. Twenty-five factories have had to be abandoned. Transportation and power transmission infrastructure has been damaged extensively in the area.
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