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A natural phenomenon known as Blue fire is seen through volcanic gasses coming out of the ground at the Ijen volcano or Ijen crater on Banyuwangi, Java island, Indonesia. this phenomenon is the only one in the world

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This phenomenon is really caused by the combustion of sulfur, of which Ijen has a number of the best levels in the world. The sulfuric gases are released from cracks within the rock at air mass and temperatures sometimes far more than 1,112°.

The blue fire will be reduced in size around 5 a.m.m because the sun will come at 5 am, so don’t go too late. when the sun rises, the blue fire will be reduced and cannot be seen. April to November is the best month to see the blue fire phenomenon.

As with every natural sighting, its height and intensity depend on various conditions and cannot be predicted. The flames have been known to reach more than 5 meters in height but this is not always the case. No matter what, it is always a unique experience and you are guaranteed to get some pretty amazing photographs!

Ijen crater blue fire|Kawah Ijen blue fire

The lava molten rock that emerges from the Earth at ultra-high temperatures isn’t colored significantly different than the lava at other volcanoes, which all differ slightly based on their mineral composition but appear a bright red or orange color in their molten state.

But at Kawah Ijen, extremely high quantities of sulfuric gases emerge at high pressures and temperatures (sometimes more than 600°C) along with the lava.

Ijen crater blue fire|Kawah Ijen blue fire

When sulfur from within the volcano breaches the surface, it can reach temperatures up to 600°C( 1, 112°F), and therefore the sulfur immediately encounters lower temperatures and pressures at the surface, which causes the sulfur to right away ignite and erupt blue flames up to five meters ( 16 ft) into the air.

How to see

Trekking to the summit of Mount Ijen to see blue fire began at midnight (around 1:00 dawn) of Pos Paltuding (the last post for all the Ijen crater tour to make the climb) with a long climb to the crater of Mount Ijen 1.5 to 2 hours trekking and so far 3 km.

Ijen crater blue fire|Kawah Ijen blue fire

Things you need to bring to see Blue Fire

  • Torches  (both hand torches or headlamps. We opted for the headlamps to maintain our palms-free), although I took both, simply in case the battery might run out withinside the night

  • Gloves (it’s miles bloodless up there, however, they even serve you nicely whilst you pass down the crater and ought to preserve directly to sharp rocks)
  • Gas masks, that you want as safety in opposition to dense clouds of poisonous gases like sulfur dioxide.  You can not live for a long term in one’s gases without a mask.  It all relies upon the wind if you’ll stumble upon a number of the ones poisonous gases on the day of your climb.
  • Warm jacket. Now, do no longer count on the provider of a “cell second-hand iciness garments store”

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