Indonesia volcano 2014

Ashmageddon: Indonesia’s Mt. Kelud Erupts!

I was nonchalant last night when Harry, an Indonesian friend I was having dinner with here in Yogyakarta, asked me about me feelings on the many active volcanoes nearby. “The likelihood of one erupting during the three weeks I happen to be here is almost zero,” I laughed arrogantly. “And if it did? C’est la vie.”

Imagine my surprise upon walking onto my balcony this morning and seeing this:


It seems that Mt. Kelud, a volcano located approximately 300 km (180 miles) from here in the eastern part of Java island, erupted while I slumbered. And so, after pinching myself several times and realizing that I was not, in fact, still asleep, I did what any semi-insane travel journalist would do: I bought a face mask, grabbed my camera and headed outside into “Ashmageddon.”


A special thanks goes to Brae, who is a total badass and drove me around on his becak (cycle rickshaw) so I could capture these shots. (Don’t worry, I tipped him several times his average daily wage!)


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kgal1298 February 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Wow that is incredible.

Fadhilla Ristianti February 14, 2014 at 2:17 am

it’s today right? you really

Robert Schrader February 14, 2014 at 2:21 am

It really is! And it’s still coming down!

Robert Schrader February 14, 2014 at 2:21 am

I am pretty dedicated! Remember, if you like this post, please share. 🙂

Alid Abdul February 14, 2014 at 2:59 am

I live from Mt. Kelud around 3 hours away and didn’t expect that the ash coming into Yogyakarta, that far men. I remember that you’re in Yogyakarta so I tweeted you this morning. Take care dude.

Robert Schrader February 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

Thanks for tweeting me. 🙂 I didn’t hear the initial explosion, but it was cool to walk outside and see so much ash today. Tomorrow headed to Ijen 🙂

Lyle Hendricks February 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Incredible photos… thanks for getting us up close…

dsujatmoko February 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

together with my daughter she said to your pictures “wow”..nice to meet you bro..just arrive at home

infraobr February 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I stumble on ur pic with orange mask when i google ‘Kelud’ images. Haha funny title ‘ashmageddon’and great pics btw. As you are heading toward the east of Java you certainly travel deeper into ashmageddon 😀

Robert Schrader February 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Actually, there hasn’t been so much as in East Java!

Robert Schrader February 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for reading and nice to meet you too! I hope you continue reading my new posts too.

Robert Schrader February 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

You’re welcome Lyle or, as they say here in Indonesia, “sama sama”

DWJTravel February 27, 2014 at 5:27 am

Seems I was luckier than you, because back last August there were no eruptions. I visited Kelud just half a year ago. Also a weird feeling to know, that what I saw there, is now totally different.
What I saw back then can be read here, if anyone is interested:

Robert Schrader March 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thanks for sharing your post! Also, great site name!

DWJTravel March 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

Welcom and thanks Robert! Your domain name is great too! 😉

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