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Indonesian mud volcano is 'natural disaster'?

Earth News: Indonesia
Photo: A volunteer helps evacuate a villager on a makeshift raft through mud in the village of Kedungbendo, Sidoarjo, in Indonesia's East Java province, December 2006.

January 2007
JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian minister has claimed that a vast "mud volcano" which has inundated villages on the island of Java was a "natural disaster" unrelated to the drilling activities of a company controlled by his family.
A gas well near Surabaya in East Java operated by Lapindo Brantas Inc. has spewed steaming mud since May last year, submerging villages, industries and fields.
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