Keyraki mud vol­cano erupts

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

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.

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