Video: Mud volcano erupts, drawing visitors and destroying crops

  • 08 November, 2019
  • John Van Trieste
A mud volcano erupting in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County.

A mud volcano in Taiwan’s far south has erupted, bringing excitement to spectators, concern to local first responders, and worry about destroyed crops to farmers.

A mud volcano in Pingtung County’s Wandan Township is at it again. On Wednesday, it started spewing towering flames and heaps of hot mud into the air for the second time this year. The wind has helped fan combusting natural gas from underground into an inferno several meters high.

Residents living a few dozen meters away say they can feel a bit of heat coming off the mud volcano. Local emergency services are now restricting access to the site of the eruption for safety’s sake. But all this hasn’t stopped people from trying to snap a few good shots of the eruption: at nighttime especially, the flaming, roiling mass of mud makes for a dramatic sight.

For local farmers, the whole eruption is nothing but a headache. The very mud that sustains their crops has now buried them and hardened over top, leaving any prospect of a harvest in ruins.

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