Friday, September 19, 2008

I Witnessed a Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia!

view from seat 18A of Mandala Airlines flight 565



These pictures were taken while I was on board a Mandala Airlines flight 565 bound for Jakarta from Bali. I am going back to Jakarta after a very wonderful vacation in the island of Bali but the flight had a 30-minute layover in Surabaya to drop-off and pick-up passengers. I took the pictures about 10 minutes before landing at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya when the captain announced that a volcano is erupting, luckily I was seated on the left side of the plane where I can witness the splendor and perils of mother nature. This is my first time to see an erupting volcano and I can say that it was totally cool!

Eventhough the pilot is speaking in English I cannot fully understand his Indonesian accent plus I was so preoccupied setting my camera to take some photos so I blew the chance to know the volcano's name. I asked a flight attendant for the volcano's name but I guess she didn't totally comprehend what I said. If you look closely at the second photograph it looks like Mt. Fuji of Japan because of the white to greyish thing enveloping the volcano's mouth.

I have also a very "cool" bird's eyeview picture of our very own Mayon Volcano which I took several months ago on my flight back to Manila from Legazpi City. Well, I like my erupting volcano photos more than the gentle, smoke spewing Mayon volcano ;)

top view of Mayon volcano


the picturesque Legazpi Airport in Albay

14 comments:

Rintjez said...

I guess the volcano name is Merapi. That's the only one which recently errupted.

The pictures are greaaaatttt!!!!
Love them!

kegler747 said...

@ rintjez: Thanks for that information. If it just erupted last Aug. 31 then it might be it.

Share my point of view... said...

Wow! You're one lucky guy to witness the volcano eruption! I've never seen one in person[nor do I wish to be anywhere near it!]

Carlota said...

nice timing.. happy weekend.. weee

K M F said...

nice

the donG said...

i read that in national geographic. the way people treat volcanoes in indonesia is very interesting.

caryn said...

what amazing luck, to have witnessed such an eruption. sigh. i haven't seen mayon yet ;-(

kegler747 said...

@ share my point of view: Yup, I will really remember that for the rest of my life :)

kegler747 said...

@ carlota: oo nga, im at the right place at the right time :)

kegler747 said...

@ k m f: thanks!

kegler747 said...

@ caryn: I hope you can visit Albay in the future, Mt. Mayon is really a sight to behold.

Debra said...

the pictures are not showing ur blog. I m using firefox browser. Should i use internet explorer to view the pictures.

Debra
Houston

dyosa said...

OH WOW!

Wayyyy cool.

Lucky you. Great photos! :-D

Josh of Arabia said...

ty ng marami bro for being a part of my virtual buds..hamo,..dalasan ko ang pagdalaw dito para naman mapasyalan ko rin virtually ang mga great places youve travelled..

rgds:)