May 27, 2011 —PORONG, Indonesia
— "Luis" mud volcano slowed down five years after she grabbed the fields, homes and factories in densely populated part of Indonesia, but experts say the danger may last for decades. About 40 000 people who were forced from their homes by the inexorable ooze, which appeared without warning on May 29, 2006, in the middle of the rice field. Gradually, the mud has swallowed 12 villages, 30 factories, dozens of shops and a busy highway in the country's second largest city, Surabaya. Twelve people were killed, but many more lives have been destroyed. As the mud continues to flow, a number of its cause as gnoit with some experts and victims accusing local gas drilling company sparkle torrent — an application is denied. The government's response to the crisis was at first sluggish, before he finally built 20 kilometers (12 miles) dike to contain dirt. But the measure failed, and how the mud rose above the barriers, they need to be strengthened. They now stand 10 meters (33 feet) in height. "That should be enough," said the Soffian Hadi, who oversees the work of the Office of Management operations in the event of disasters. "The eruption has decreased considerably over the past few months, with a maximum of 180 thousand cubic meters. Meters (6.4 million cubic meters. Feet) per day of about 10 thousand today." Richard Davies, a geologist at the University of Durham in the UK, who has studied the volcano, agrees that "the worst is behind us. Seems that the pressure decreases. This is positive," he said. But when will Lusi stop? International experts who met Thursday in Surabaya were cautiously estimating it can go anywhere from several years to 80 years. Without further research, "it will be very difficult to predict with any accuracy the likely future duration and activity of Lusi",-said Humanitus, Australian non-governmental organization that supports victims of mudslide. He said the current risks included "bubbles substance, odorless and poisonous gas", subsidence in the villages around the dam, and poor air quality from "potentially dangerous gases." In addition, 13,000 families directly related and covered compensation scheme, and many thousands of local residents, seeking compensation for economic damages. "The water from our well is contaminated, the air we breathe is bad, the walls of the house are cracked, and no one wants to buy the products we grow," complained-Sulastri, 34, whose brick shack is only 200 meters away from the dam. The company is part of a huge business empire controlled by the family of a powerful Golkar political party chief Aburizal Bakrie. Bakrie found no shortage of geologists willing to support his claim that the earthquake was about 250 miles, and was the cause of the volcano. "There is no doubt for me that is not a natural volcano. We are 99 percent sure that drilling is a responsibility," he said. —One of Asia Geological risks increase: The geography of Indonesia is dominated by volcanoes that are formed due to subduction zones between the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate. Recent seismic upheaval we saw in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kermadec and Tonga, New Zealand, and sometimes seismic noise in Australia highlights dangerous risks that increase for countries along the Indo-Australian Plate, especially in Indonesia. In the last 24 hours in Indonesia, was 5.6 quake in Flores area, 4.6 Nias quake in the area, 4.9 in Halmahera, 5.2 in Minahasa, Sulawesi, 4.7 in North Sumatra, and more 4.6
in Nias region. In addition, the Lake Toba super-volcano, Indonesia has about 130 active volcanoes. They are worried because of the geology of the archipelago and the increase in seismic tension emanating from tectonic plate agitation. One day there will be some cascading eruption. On May 1, 46 deep earthquakes and 6 small earthquakes shook Gamkonora volcano. Merapi volcano and Singabung also stirring. —Extinction Protocol Video (c) "Al Jazeera"
May 27, 2011 —PORONG, Indonesia