Now gas and smoke are bursting out of every crack and cranny and we hear the eruption as a mighty explosion. Tavurvur, Rabaul, 29 August, 2014

14-09-27 P1170650 Tavurvur more rocks

The cloud gets bigger and rises higher, the mountain deforms, bubbling. Steam and gases were being forced out of every crack and cranny all over the surface of the crater and into the sea. More lava fragments and rocks are being hurled higher and wider. All this is happening in seconds, but time seems elastic as we watch nature's power at play. And then the sound hits us -- a mighty boom like a physical blow! P1170650

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