By 10am, Tavurvur had settled into a pattern of explosions with quiescent periods in between. Tavurvur, Rabaul, 29 August, 2014

14-09-27 P1170638 Tavurvur car dust

After the initial blast, Tavurvur continued blowing out smoke, ash, and decreasing amounts of lava, then settled down to the periodic explosions of a classic Strombolian eruption. By 10AM, about six hours after the initial eruption, the lava flows have ceased and the mountain is quiescent for 20-30 minutes at a time, pictured here, seen from the Blue Lagoon lookout. Driving through Rabaul and near areas this vehicle acquired a coating of dust and ash. It will have to be washed off, and soon: wiping it off will damage the paintwork as the ash is very sharp edged and hard, and it is also very corrosive -- add a little water and you have weak sulphuric acid so plenty of water is the go. P1170638


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