Indonesia: Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi
Slamet, Lokon, Karangetang
Sulawesi, Province Utara)
At Manado we met Alain de Toffoli, an volcano expert par
excellence. People in the city of Tomohon which is situated 15 Km
south of Manado.
So it can quite
happen in North Sulawesi, that in the closer neighbourhood
evenly a volcano can erupt. Thus with the end of the hotel park
(*also we do not live always in lava caves!!) the volcanic
The apprx. 900 meter far
crater was reached
after a 45 minutes foot march through an fantastic basaltic river
bed. From the
airplane seen, this crater has rather the character of a past nuclear
bomb test. With the try to view inside the crater, nothing more
as a dense
could be seen. After a patient
waiting time, by
inhaling amass of aggressive acid steam*, Martins SLR camera
acid-bite during this waiting time partly
knowledge: It's always better to leave
the gas mask in the hotel ...
to the idea
to the other side of the
a 20-30 meter broad lava dome was to be recognized.
This dome seemingly was
moving in the turqouise coloured
crater lake and produced
at this cut-surface powerfull steam.
Dry air in the later
evening sucked the steam clouds from the crater interior. With
the outside crater edge, a free and clear view was given and
combined with the moon
moments could be experienced.
Alain de Toffoli, M.Rietze, Th Boeckel
to Volcanos of Indonesia 2009