Photographer Captures Volcano With Blue Lava

Olivier Grunewald had to venture to a remote island in Indonesia to find the surreal sight.
Impressive lava rivers of blue flames.
An eerie, mystical place to visit. © Olivier Grunewald
By Marc Schwarz

Most of us would run at mile at the sight of an erupting volcano. But for Olivier Grunewald, the reward of witnessing the rare and mysterious sight of Indonesia's Kawah Ijen, a volcano near East Java, was more than worth it. Flames shoot out of cracks in the rock 15 feet into the air, while the sulphuric gases are responsible for creating almost surreal blue streams of lava. Local miners, earning as little as $13 a day, have been extracting sulpher there for 40 years. Grunewald needed to wear a mask at all times to protect himself from the toxic fumes to capture these stunning images.

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