Saturday, July 28, 2007

Rabaul Panorama

You will need to click on this photo to enlarge it.

This is a view of Rabaul I took from the Volcanological Observatory, where volcanologists monitor the 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes in PNG. It is a great view even on a windy day – I had trouble standing up!!

The harbour is actually a dormant caldera and Rabaul is the only town in the world built on one!

To the left is the active Mt Tavurvur (it was puffing quietly yesterday) and on the right is Vulcan which is now dormant. The area on the left of this photo was where the brunt of the ash fell in the dual eruptions of Vulcan and Tavurvur in 1994 – (the buildings collapsed under the weight of it).

This link is excellent and gives photos before and just after the eruptions. The map at the bottom of the link is good. The cross marks the position of the observatory.

13 comments:

Steve Buser said...

What a panananananananaroma!

--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

p said...

perfect shot Jules, the color of the sea is so perfectly clear.

I have a photo of it too but it was taken on a dull and rainy day. click here to view the photo for comparison.

Dorish

Neva said...

This is a wonderful picture! I love the ship in the harbor.

Steve G said...

Nice shot. That was some eruption. Don't think I would want to be in the area.

CaBaCuRl said...

Amazing photo, Jules, and the link you posted was very interesting. I also live in a caldera...see my post on 25 June for a bit of info.

Jules said...

steve - it was actually two photos that I merged with photoshop.

Dorish - thanks for your link - it is great to have a Rabaul expert on hand.

cabacurl - thanks for the post I had no idea the Tweed Valley is also a caldera. Have been there heaps of times and it is a beautiful part of the world

neva & steve - thanks for the comments!

lv2scpbk said...

Nice shot.

M.Benaut said...

Great panorama, Jules. It's great to get to know a town in the way you are educating us.
Your shots of the beautiful coast and secluded spots, the islands and the Rabaul area are fabulous.
Keep up the good work.

John said...

Great panoramic, always a pleasure to visit your site.

Ann said...

All I can say is : WOW! That is a spectacular view.

Dorish, even on a rainy day that view is still something! ;-)

Marie said...

Yes, it is a real pleasure to visit your site and look at your magnificent photos. I am a bit jealous :-)) as I would love to live in such a beautiful place.

Jules said...

Thank you all for your nice remarks and stay tuned.......there is more!!!!

Anonymous said...

looks like such a great day.. wish i was there!!

erin xx.