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Mud Volcano 'on Brink of Collapse'

from the Guardian (UK)

The world's largest mud volcano that has been erupting continuously since 2006 is beginning to show signs of "catastrophic collapse," according to geologists who have been monitoring it and the surrounding area. The volcano - named Lusi - has already devastated homes and businesses in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, displacing around 10,000 people and killing 14.

Now scientists say that the land near the central vent could sag by up to
146 metres in the next decade. In March, the scientists observed drops of up to 3 metres in one night. Most of the subsidence in the area around the volcano is more gradual, at around 0.1cm per day.

"It is starting to show signs that the central part is undergoing a more catastrophic collapse," said Prof Richard Davies, a geologist at Durham University.

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