Mud volcano flow to last 26 years

February 25th, 2011 - 8:49 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Jakarta, Feb 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers say the mud volcano in Indonesia that left several people homeless would continue to flow for the next 26 years.

The volcano first erupted in 2006 in the East Java region of the country and since then it has been spewing mud every day. The mud has now covered communities, schools and homes leaving 13,000 families homeless. The volcano has been throwing up 180,000 cubic meters of mud every day and so far it has covered a large area in the region.

The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the Geological Society and it is the first time that a realistic estimate has been given on how long the mud volcano flow would last.

The researchers explain that several factors made it almost impossible to come up with an estimate until now. Richard Davies who is a co-author of the study explained that scientists were initially more interested in theorizing what caused the volcano than how long it would last.

The researchers said that they came out with the estimate because they had the luxury of four year’s data. From the data the scientists were able to figure out the actual aquifer.

Davies explained that, “Then we considered factors such as the permeability and porosity of the rock to estimate how long would it take for fluid pressure to decline until no more fluid would come out of the vent.”

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