A huge volcano erupted at Mount Sangeang Api in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands — an area which features 129 active volcanoes. The massive explosion sent a gigantic, and fascinating, column of pyroclastic smoke 12 miles up into the air. Fortunately, no one seems to have been injured, as the farmers who work, but do not live, on the island, were evacuated in advance of the eruption.
The astonishing images below were taken by photographer Sofyan Efendi during a flight from Bali to the fishing town of Labuan Bajo in West Nusa Tenggara province. (Scroll down for the video).
1. The powerful explosion took place at Mount Sangeang Api in the Lesser Sunda Islands – an area that plays host to 129 active volcanoes. The Sunda Islands sit inside Indonesia’s notorious ‘Ring of Fire’. Since Sangiang Api’s first recorded eruption in 1512, it is believed to have erupted a total of 20 times.
2. After erupting, the volcano sent a distinctive spaceship-shaped ring of pyroclastic smoke high into the air. Pilots in the area reported seeing the cloud rising to 65,000 feet, spreading over a 25 mile area.
3. The photographs were taken by professional photographer Sofyan Efendi during a commercial flight from Bali to the fishing town of Labuan Bajo.
4. The volcano sits in Indonesia’s notorious ‘Ring of Fire’ — an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. It has 452 volcanoes — 75 per cent of the world’s total.
5. Scores of farmers who work but do not live on the island were ordered to leave and not return until the volcano has finished erupting.
And here is the astonishing video:
Via The Daily Mail.
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