Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano Pours “blue hot” Lava

Published on : Sunday, January 19, 2014

VolcanoIndonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano pours neon hot blue lava, which glows at night and is a spectacular view. The mountain has huge amounts of pure sulfur, which emits an icy violet color as it burns, turning the rocky slopes into a hot, highly poisonous environment.

However, the phenomenon of the Kawah Ijen volcano is the subject of a new French documentary that examines the unusual scene. Captivating scene of the glowing blue lava rippling down the sides of a volcano was in fact shot in Indonesia.

According to French magazine Grands Reportages, the colour comes from burning sulphur, which pours from the side of the volcano and is collected by miners. Miners carry 176 and 220 pounds of sulfur chunks per trip and sell the pieces for around 2.5 cents per pound. Yahoo reports they average two loads every 24 hours, thus doubling their salaries amid sulfurous flames that can reach 16 feet high.

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