Special features– Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano is also called as Electric Blue Fire. The active blue volcanoes in Java.This is due to its incredibly high levels of sulphur. it is caused when the volcano’s sulphuric gases contact with air. unlike regular volcanoes, these blue flames can only be seen at night. Since it got popular, the complex saw a growth in Number of Tourists, but this beautiful sight comes with some dark secrets. it also houses world’s most dangerous sulphur mining operations. Miners extract sulphur rock formed after the blue flames extinguish the working conditions are highly dangerous. Without gas masks many mine workers suffers long-term health problems. You will also find the largest Acidic lake in the world within the crater here. The turquoise water is beautiful but also life threatening.
Ijen volcano, the most stunning lush green environment complete with forests and rice fields, surrounds it and immediately next to it two more Mountains envelop it moranti and marapi. The ijen volcano complex is a collection of composite volcanoes that is situated in East Java Indonesia. Between the banyanwagi and the bondawasso regencies the stratovolcano gunang morapi is the volcano complex’s highest point, while agents Caldera is approximately 12 miles wide. it has an acidic crater lake that is 0.62 miles wide and turquoise in color the web had become a blaze with French photographer Olivia gruenwald’s breathtaking images of Kawa EJ volcano back in 2014 the images were obtained without the use of any filters or artificial manipulation during the filming of a new documentary he released alongside Regis Etienne president of the Geneva Society for volcanology they highlight the volcano’s incredible electric blue glow. when Grunwald first visited the volcano in 2008 with an Indonesian guy Etienne told them about the occurrence he was inspired by the notion of photographing the sulfur miners on the Mountain at night after seeing Etienne image of a child minor silhouette surrounded by the blue glow his Curiosity has made Indonesia a top destiny patient for tourists so what is the blue fire Mount tourist numbers have surged.
When National Geographic published an article about Etienne electric blue flame however, midnight hiking trips are a more modern presentation of the long-known phenomena to get to the crater’s rim it takes two hours of hiking from there it takes another 45 minutes to get to the crater’s brink so what are the 16 foot high Flames or lava that we are flocking to go see within the crater is sulfur sulfuric gas which can burn at temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius or 1112 degrees Fahrenheit is what causes the blue fire in other words the blue flame is actually just ignited sulfur some of the gas condenses to liquid and can reignite causing the flames to reach Heights of up to 5 meters.
it looks like lava but it is actually an electric blue flame these fires frequently burn on Indonesia’s Kawaii gen volcano, where they are the most offensively observed the reason is labeled falsely as lava is an understandable mistake occasionally when it burns it pours down the rock face giving the impression that blue lava is gushing down the Mountainside. given how electric and surreal this phenomenon is the local people have given it an appropriate name Opie bero blue fire the fires are virtually only visible at night because of the blue color of the Flames as they are otherwise undetectable during the day.
Take note of what to bring if you come to see it now we’re talking corrosive sulfuric gas and Flames. so let’s tread with caution headlamps or hand torches are a definite item to carry we suggest using headlamps to keep your hands free feel free to pack a torch too in case the batteries of either gear die gloves although it’s not like your knee-deep scooping sulfur up there you should wear them to protect your hands from Jagged rocks as you descend the crater you need gas masks as protection from dense clouds of toxic chemicals like sulfur dioxide without a mask you cannot survive in one one’s gases for a very long time if you run into any of those deadly gases on the day of your climb it all depends on the wind but it’s not free of Falls sadly the Ijen crater’s potential for geothermal energy and its natural beauty are overshadowed by a threat to the millions of people who have settled near the East Java volcano but this idyllic location. that’s caught our attention has some dark truths a labor-intensive sulfur Mining facility is located near the lake where sulfur-filled baskets are manually transported from the crater floor considering the expense of living in the area the work is quite demanding yet pays well workers must travel about three kilometers to the nearby pul tooting Valley to receive payment for their loads of sulfur chunks. After exiting the crater for usage in the food and chemical Industries these miners harvest sulfuric rock which is created after the blue flames have died down and the sulfur gas has cooled and fused with the lava to form solidified Rock the hardiest of these men work nights in the electric blue light of the sulfuric acid emitted by the volcano to quadruple their limited wage.
According to groomwald some of the workers are youngsters who are doing whatever they can to assist their families hand carried down the mountain they sell their rock-filled baskets for around 680 Indonesian rupees per kilogram or about 6 cents many people in a nation where the average daily wage is roughly 13 perform overnight shifts to boost their income over the length of a 12-hour shift according to gruenewal these nightminers can mine and haul between 80 and 100 kilograms or five to six dollars the documentary was created in part to draw attention to these unfavorable working conditions by gruenwald and etienne the majority of the miners have health issues as a result of extended exposure to sulfur dioxide and other harmful chemicals and lack gas masks which the photographers done while shooting and gave to the miners afterward gruenwald had only to spend 30 nights in the crater over the course of six Journeys to realize, how damaging the environment in these mines can be. he recalls losing a camera and two lenses that had been damaged by acid during his first trip our skin continued to smell of sulfur for up to three weeks after we returned home the blue flames appear strikingly stunning in his photographs almost otherworldly however the sulfur dioxide is very real for the miners who spend months or years at the volcano and the health implications of chronic exposure throat and lung irritation breathing difficulties and a tendency toward lung disease can be disastrous.