Kesongo mud volcano in Central Java, Indonesia erupted at around 05:00 LT on August 27, 2020, leaving 4 people poisoned and 19 buffaloes missing. The last eruption of this mud volcano took place 3 years ago.
Blora BPBD Rapid Reaction Team Coordinator, Agung Tri, said mudflow eruptions occurred several times over a period of about 10 minutes.
According to local media reports, villagers reported mud rising dozens of meters into the air and strong sulfur smell.
At the time of the incident, four men were herding buffaloes quite close to the explosion site. They reportedly felt weak after inhaling the fumes and were taken to hospital.
While the villagers are now in good condition, 19 of their buffaloes are still missing. Some of them reportedly got stuck in the mud but managed to get out with the help of villagers.
Bleduk Kesongo on August 26, 2020. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2
Featured image: Kesongo mud volcano eruption on August 27, 2020. Credit: Farid Apanda
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