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Yes, this is a gentle reminder that volcano never sleeps...

The latest turn of event prompted me to upload another shot of this lethal beauty. Ijen Crater released its highly poisonous gases on March 21, 2018 lasting for about four hours injuring 30 people while residents who are mostly coffee farmers from three nearby villages were evacuated. Picturesque Ijen Crater - 2300m asl, is the world's largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labour intensive sulphur mining operation in which sulphur laden baskets are hand carried from the crater floor. The volcanic alert level still remains high even though condition looks normal at this time. The affected area has been closed temporarily and mining activity is totally stopped.

The Ijen volcano complex at the eastern end of Java consists of a group of stratovolcanoes constructed within the large 20km wide Ijen caldera. The north caldera wall forms a prominent arcuate ridge but elsewhere the caldera rim is buried by post caldera volcanoes, including Mt. Merapi, which forms the high point of the complex. Immediately west of the Mt. Merapi stratovolcano is the historically active Ijen Crater, which contains a nearly 1km wide turquoise coloured acid lake.

You don't a need gas mask to enjoy this ........

Setting: 16 mm, 1/80 sec, F16, ISO Raw 200, 0713 hrs, Polarised & GND filter

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