Keyraki mud volcano erupts
Keyraki mud volcano erupted in Baku on June 12. The Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported that the eruption lasted for 15 minutes and the mud waste covered an area of 3.5ha.
The depth of the erupted mud layer reached 3 meters within the crater and 0.2 to 0.3 meter around the crater.
The Keyraki mud volcano is situated 12km north of Baku. The eruption caused no damage to the nearby residential areas. However, there are several active mud volcanoes in the area and thus further eruptions can be registered.
Experts of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources are studying the consequences of the eruption.
The Keyraki mud volcano has erupted 18 times so far. Last time it erupted in 2014.
In May, Lokbatan mud volcano erupted on the shore of the Caspian Sea oil field. A depth of the volcano was at 4 km, while the eruption lasted for 4 minutes.
Otman Bozdag volcano erupted in the suburb of Baku on February 6. As a result of the volcanic eruption, the flame rose to the height of 350 meters. Mud waste covered an area of about 10-12 hectare.
Azerbaijan is a world leader, not only for the number but also for the activity of its volcanoes. Roughly 350 out of over 1000 mud volcanoes in the world are located here.
Mud volcanoes are one of the visible signs of the presence of oil and gas reserves hidden deep beneath land and sea in the Caspian region. Azerbaijan's rich fields of oil and gas condensate such as Lokbatan, Garadagh, Oil Rocks, and Mishovdag were discovered near mud volcanoes.