WPC – Seemed So Unlikely…


It’s only two months after the big eruption of Mt. Merapi in the year of 2006, my husband and I were visiting the affected area around 25 kms north of Yogyakarta, his hometown. What we saw seemed so unlikely… But we all know that forces of nature, even after two months, was still extreme and seemed unbelievable…

We could see the trails of pyroclastic flows that burned everything on its way and left it full of ashes. Even the huge sand barriers were totally damaged. The beautiful peak of Mt. Merapi looked partially collapsed apart, because of its continuous activities of large explosions and pyroclastic flows.

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The affected area, two months after the eruption of Mt Merapi
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Mt Merapi, two months after the eruption.
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The deep affected area, two months after the eruption of Mt Merapi
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two months after the eruption of Mt Merapi

WPC – Forces of Nature : A Decade Volcano


When we’re asked to submit about Forces of Nature as the theme of Weekly Photo Challenge, I decided to share old pictures of my visit to an affected area of Mt. Merapi two months after a large eruption.

The affected area of Mt Merapi
The affected area of Mt Merapi

We were able to see the trails of pyroclastic flows that burned everything on its way and left it with ashes. Even the huge sand barriers were totally damaged.

The Damaged Sand Barriers of Mt Merapi
The Damaged Sand Barriers of Mt Merapi

But nature always finds a way. Among the dried environment which was full of ashes, I saw fresh greeny growing leaves were bloomed on top of dried brownish one. A beginning. A new Hope!

A New Hope, a beginning after the eruption
A New Hope, a beginning after the eruption

And last year, on my way to Solo from Jogjakarta, I took a picture of Mt. Merapi from the South-East direction. I was amazed to view of Mt. Merapi’s peak. The beautiful peak looked partially collapsed apart, because of its continuous activities of large explosions and pyroclastic flows.

Forces of Nature - Mt. Merapi
Forces of Nature – Mt. Merapi

Mt. Merapi, 2930 m or 9610 ft height, around 28 kms north of Jogjakarta, has been designated as one of the 17 decade volcanoes in the world because of the destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.

The current peak of Mt. Merapi
The current peak of Mt. Merapi