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Eruption at Lipad mud volcano, Malaysia

Eruption at Lipad mud volcano, Malaysia september 2022

The Malaysian Lipad mud volcano erupted at around 10:00 LT on September 18, 2022, creating a spectacular view. Similar eruptions at the volcano took place in 2014 and 2019.

Lipad is the largest and best-known mud volcano in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, said Dr. Mark Tingay, geomechanics and pore pressure specialist.

Eruption volume was estimated at 16 500 m3 (583 000 ft3), covering an area of about 5 500 m2 (59 200 ft2) in an average 3 m (10 feet) thick mudflow, Tingay said.

This is a natural occurrence and is no cause for concern, said Dr. Felix Tongkul, a volunteer with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as an Honorary Professor of Geology.

The eruption was rapid, like in the video footage, for about 2 minutes, then slow for about 10 minutes. Mud was spewed to a height of about 6 m (20 feet).

Featured image: Eruption at Lipad mud volcano, Malaysia on September 18, 2022. Credit: TV3 bulletin (stillshot)

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