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Tanna island

Mt Yasur volcano


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Arrived Tanna, leaving for the volcano now.

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There are lots of videos of Mount Yasur on You Tube but nothing can match being there in person. We drove 1 1/2 hours by 4x4 and climbed up the 300 meter crater to look down into the 4 active volcanic vents. The vents erupt every 5 minutes, with a major explosion every 20 minutes or so. The major blasts are hard to capture unless you record your entire time (2+ hours) standing on a knife edge cinder cone that drops 300 meters on both sides; one side into the caldera and the other down to the ash plain below. The guide drew a line in the ash with his foot (that is your guard rail) and his advice was "don't run" when there's an explosion. That was important advice because you are comfortably watching the constant small eruptions, like in the video we recorded below. Then suddenly there is a deafening explosion, percussion that shakes the ground beneath you, and lava being thrown high above you. Jan's first reaction was to crouch down, but she did not run and risk falling off the edge. It was quite humbling to experience such a powerful act of nature. After many weeks (months?) of concern and trepidation (outright terror) I, Jan, will admit that it was a very exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime event that I won't soon forget.

If you can't see the embed, here is a link.

https://youtu.be/xZZnHCbKshg

If you want to see the whole experience here is a Youtube video shot from the "safe area" (we were briefed on this as a place of refuge, but we moved on to the higher exposed ground above). And here is a video-be patient-of the most exposed area that we did not approach because of fumes Youtube

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We climbed Mt. Yasur, visited a local village and a market, swam to the Blue Cave, snorkeled turtle reef, stayed at White Grass resort.
Most of the natives had colds, I assume from meeting us tourists. Tanna and Port-Villa suffered a direct hit from Cyclone Pam in 2015

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Posted by lhuff35204 22:30 Archived in Vanuatu

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Wow! Totally beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Carol & Dave

by Carol Kupec

Impressive video of the volcano. And nice beach view from your hut.

by aussirose

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