Tuesday, November 13, 2012

YOLO at Tanna volcano Sept 2012

As we approached Tanna from Anietyum, we could see the clouds of volcanic gases, steam and ash from several miles out.  The volcano is Mt Yasur and is one of the most accessible active volcanos in the world.  It was one of the highlights of our cruising time so far!  It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and these photos certainly don't do it justice!!!
 The plumes of gas blew up into clouds from the craters

The cinder plain as we drove up in the truck

That's our truck at the bottom of the path  We walke up the side of the cinder cone to watch the vocano erupt.

Steam and gas seemed to take turns with the lava.  There are 2 calderas and the gas clouds came out of one and the lava out of the other.

Nearing the top of the climb to where we watched the volcano.  You can see a steam vent in the center of the pic and the people already at the viewing spot in the top right.  Note there are no guardrails or safety devices of any sort up here.  A wrong step could cook you!

Looking along the rim of the cinder cone.  The tiny dot in the center of the pic is Jason walking along the rim to get a different perspective on the calderas below.

Karen standing at the viewing area looking at a small explosion before it got dark.

An eruption while it is still light.

The gas cloud burps between lava eruptions.

Looking at the lava being thrown up.
Another small eruption with ash and lava

Dusk and the lava lights get brighter.


More fireworks from Mt Yasur volcano.

A good movie camera would've gotten some great shots.

 More shots of eruptions

A different camera setting makes the lava look more yellow than orange.

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