Sakurajima: eruptions and volcanic lightning

Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. The volcano is in a stage of continuous eruptions since 2009. Most of them are from strombolian type, but some are more powerful vulcanian eruptions. In the ash clouds of these eruptions volcanic lightning occurs more often than on other volcanoes.

Batu Tara: island of taboos

Batu Tara is a small strato volcano close to the coast of Flores in Indonesia. Batu Tara is located on Komba Island. It’s an inhabitant Island, the spirits of the death living on. That is the reason why komba is taboo for some Indonesians.

Batu Tara is similar to Stromboli in Italy. Its frequent eruptions are from same type. The eruptions occur every 10 to 20 minutes. Scoria rolls over the flank of the volcano into the sea.

Kawah Ijen: burning sulfur and blue flames

Kawah Ijen is a well known Volcano in east Java. In its summit crater lies an acid lake and on the shoreline of this lake degases many fumaroles. The fumaroles transport tones of sulfur from earth interior to its surface. The sulfur condenses close to the fumaroles and thick layers of the yellow mineral solidify in one part of the deep crater.  Every day hundreds of miners climbing down the crater and dig the sulfur. In two baskets they carry the minerals to a weight station, 3 km downhill.

Anak Krakatau: “child of Krakatau”

Anak Krakatau is the “child of Krakatau”. The new island growth up since 1926 and established a small stratovolcano in the caldera formed after the disaster from 1883. In this year the former island Krakatau destroyed itself in a very huge eruption. Tsunamis, caused by the collapse of the volcano, killed more than 36.500 people.

The eruptions of Anak Krakatau are not so disastrous like the one in 1883, but still power full enough, to threaten observers close to the volcano. In 2010 Chris and I visited Anak Krakatau and we spend 2 nights on the island. Vulcanian explosions threw lava bombs above our heads, smashed into the sea. An adventure we will never forget.

Bromo: Gods and eruptions

Mount Bromo is a volcano in central Java. The last eruption was in 2011, when the volcano was active for many months. The landscape was covered by volcanic ashes. The plants on the fields withered and the airport of Surabaya was closed on several days. But 3 months after the eruption the Kasada celebration was hold. Many Hindus climbed the crater rim and sacrificed animals, vegetables and fruits to their god Brahma.

Eyjafjallajoekull: Eruption on Iceland

The eruption of Eyjafjoell-volcano on Iceland started 21st March 2010. The first part took place on a new fissure which opened on a saddle between the glaciers Myrdalsjoekull and Eyjafjallajoekull. The second part began some days after the first eruption ended. This was a powerful sub glacial eruption in the caldera at the summit of Eyjafjallajoekull.