Yasur
(Ambrym Vanuatu) (1996)

Once landed at Tanna, a tatty old lorry took us to the village of Deception Bay at the foot of Yasur. The chief settled us in a big hut reserved for visitors and in the evening offers us the welcoming drink « kawa », which is drunk all over the Pacific. The way it’s prepared and its taste are both fowl and about half a coconut full must be downed in one hit. Each Friday evening, the villagers sit around a huge banyan tree and sing the story of the mythical "cargo" that will bring riches and marvels to the island. They have been waiting for its coming back since the 2nd world war and the Americans.

The volcano has got 3 major depressions with various edges :
zone A visible on the photo, with 3 craters on a hire funnel shaped ; zone B with just one crater ; zone C with 2 explosive vents.
At dawn, vent A1 in the foreground ejects plumes of grey ashes that reach the top crest.

A magnificent show with the enormous grey and white columns rolling on one another, shaking with convulsions and developping on hundreds of meters high in the sky. Very quickly, the vent is blacked and it will take several minutes to see the bottom of the crater again.


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