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Vanuatu

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 Comments (2)

Vanuatu Port-Villa


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Arrived Vanuatu, fly to the Yasur volcano in the morning. Phone troubles so limited communications until we can work that out.

Staying the PP motel (Jan hates it). It was closest to the airport, but run down, no bed net, and on a "scary" street with no restaurants nearby, so we took a "bus" down to the waterfront. A bus is a small van full of strangers with a sticker in the window that you hail from the street. The cost is $1.40 flat rate. I certainly wouldn't do this in a kidnap/terrorist area but it seemed OK here. On the way, Jan asked about buying wine and they stopped at a bottle shop and waited before taking us to a restaurant at the marina. Woke up at midnight to club music that lasted until 4 AM. The port looks nice and we wished we had had more time to explore.

Bislama, a creole Pijin language is the official language here:

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