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What's the name of this village in Northern India

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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

aharrold45 has indicated that this thread is about India

I saw the end of a documentary the other day which looked really interesting and am hoping one of you knowlegable people can help by telling me what the name of the place this happened in.

Supposedly "a few years ago" they were trying to find oil (I think it was) instead out of the ground came a huge amount of boiling hot mud. The mud swamped the village which is now like a modern day Pompeii where the whole place has no population and the people are still fighting for compensation from the company who was drilling.

Can any tell me what place this village is located and if tourists are able to see it?

2. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 8y

Hi,
Can you please provide the link of that documentary ? Or any further details such as where you saw it ? Which channel ?

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

I don't have a link to the documentary or even know what it was called. I have done quite a lot of browsing on Google for anything that would resemble such thing and nothing I search for comes up with anything. It was on the Discovery Adventure Channel in Australia.

4. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

Any chance it was the mud volcano in Indonesia? Pretty much exactly the same situation, except not in India.

This link has some info on it:

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Steel_Dam_Plan_To_Plug_Indonesian_Mud_Volcano_999.html

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

Googling for a few minutes, I found this story (lucky query: mud drilling pompeii modern) about Sidoarjo, East Java. It's Indonesia rather than India, but otherwise it sounds pretty close. (Also see wikipedia. And browsing onward via "mud volcano", this article claims that the only known mud volcanoes in India are located on that island, far to the east of the mainland of India.)

edit: Paah, that'll teach me spending time looking up more information. Now soliqa beat me to it! ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 2, 2008, at 2:58 AM by Sander ]

6. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

I did have a bit of an advantage - we learnt about it at uni, so all I had to google was mud volcano Indonesia!

7. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 8y

Yes, you both might be right. I googled it for India and got nothing.
I even searched for compensations by oil digging companies and finally posted a query on my travel blog.
lol.. :D

Thanks for the info. I'll dig some more.

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the posts.

I only saw the last 5 minutes of the documentary and I'm close to 100% certain it mentioned north india, but that bit was almost as I turned it on so it may have even been mentioning somewhere in North India just before I turned it on. The story in the first link sander posted does sound identical to the little bit of the story I saw so it probably is in Indonesia rather than India.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 3, 2008, at 3:06 AM by aharrold45 ]

9. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 8y

I am still on the lookout simply because I also want to visit the place now. If I find something even after 2-3 months, I'll reply here. :)