Pingtung Wandan Mud Volcano Erupts

A mud volcano erupted in Pingtung County this morning. Around 9 a.m. this morning mud began flowing from 5 holes that appeared in rice paddies about 50 meters west of Huang Yuan Holy Temple in Wandan township. A farmer discovered the mudflow in his rice field this morning.

The area is the site of periodic eruptions, but the exact site of the eruptions varies from year to year. From 2013 until last year, the periodic eruptions occurred further east at Xinyuan Township. The last eruption was July 31 last year.

Local legend says the eruptions are usually preceded by and followed by an earthquake. Last night there was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake near Hualien. Locals also pointed out that tomorrow is the birthday of the goddess Matzu.

mud flowing from holes in a rice paddy in Pingtung Wandun township
Mud is seen flowing from holes in a rice paddy in Pingtung County, Taiwan, April 28, 2016. Photo: Liberty Times Network

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