Monday, November 3, 2008

Drilling caused mud volcano that displaced 36k villagers

Two residents of Sidoarjo in eastern Java wade through chest-deep mud in search of possessions lost to the mud volcano. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Indonesian villagers battling for compensation after a mud volcano swamped their homes have received a boost after a panel of international scientists concluded that exploratory drilling for gas had caused the eruption.

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