Haus Lotu bilong lapun Rabaul Town by bobfoto

Haus Lotu bilong lapun Rabaul Town

One for @hellcat. If you care to look back through my 2012 project, you will notice a few volcano shots... well not far from Tavurvur is the town of Rabaul, once the Pearl of the Pacific. In 1994 when Tavurvur and Vulcan blew their nuts, many of the old buildings in Rabaul collapsed under the weight of ash. The ash mixed with rain measured around 4-5ft in depth and they say a cubic metre of wet ash is well over 2 tonne in weight.

In 2006 in October, Tavurvur blew again and continued for quite some time. In August of 2008, the Government announced the cessation of all business in the old Town and announced that people had to evacuate or face prosecution. Those who survived the 1994 blast stayed and continued to sweep and hose down their roof tops.

Here is the old Catholic Church, suffering under the weight of volcanic ash. Shot taken from the driver's seat of the hire car... please don't use the electric windows, that ash gets into everything!

Photo taken 26 August 2008. Title reads: Old Rabaul Church.

Meanwhile another old worshipped icon appears o'er at The Seven. http://365project.org/theseven/365/2012-07-03
@hellcat - for you. Your shot reminds me of this church.
July 3rd, 2012  
All I can do is gasp!
July 3rd, 2012  
@swilde - the good news is that Tavurvur has been relatively silent over the past 3 years and the town is operational again. And this church and its gardens look like they are used on a regular basis.
July 3rd, 2012  
Gosh that's quite scary... and it has a 'scooby doo' feeling to it too. So glad that it's coming back to life again now.
July 3rd, 2012  
Wow Jason ...is that ash...amazing shot - how hard for the locals not knowing when it might blow again!!
July 3rd, 2012  
Wow! The ash really is everywhere - very eerie shot.
July 3rd, 2012  
Thanks for taking us back...I've never seen a photograph from the period. Very interesting...and yes, eerie.
July 3rd, 2012  
@filsie65 - until the Volcano blows again....

@michelle58 - At the time of this shot, the locals were almost gone... it was so sad to see it as a Ghost Town.... there is life there again now... for now.

@alia_801 - Oh it is an insipid dust... so fine and so scary to think why people are breathing in!
July 3rd, 2012  
@ubobohobo - Oh this was just 2008... in 1994 it would have been a whole world worse!
July 3rd, 2012  
Things haven't improved in Rabaul. Ash everywhere.
July 3rd, 2012  
@tonydebont - It was good when I was there last month! Very clean in fact.
July 3rd, 2012  
@bobfoto Nice change, they are overdue for a bit of good fortune.
July 3rd, 2012  
Love the tones in this. Very grey ashy look. Love the POV too
July 3rd, 2012  
@gerry - sorry Gerry, are you suggesting it is in black and white?
July 3rd, 2012  
@tigerdreamer - Thanks Karen.
July 3rd, 2012  
This has the feel of a ghost town, well taken
July 3rd, 2012  
Looks like the scene from a disaster themed movie.
July 3rd, 2012  
The sky/clouds add to the drama and sense of doom.
July 3rd, 2012  
the cross against those swirling clouds and the church surviving the piles of ashes. wonderful photo, info and processing.
July 3rd, 2012  
Such a different kind of shot than what I've come to expect from you. Nicely done.
July 3rd, 2012  
Awesome. That sky looks so menancing.
July 3rd, 2012  
That Is was a nice portraite and the Sun Glasses had a nice Mirror affect and the stars on the persons face . Gerry.
July 3rd, 2012  
Nice photo Jason of this building Gerry. Nice pov to the photo.
July 3rd, 2012  
@gerry - Thank Gerry.

@sebella @webfoot @catsmeowb @lorihiro @nikond40x @httpgeffed - I'm a little disappointed, this shot looks amazeballs on a Mac but on this Dell laptop, it looks a little cruddy... hope it looks okay where you are sitting!?!?
July 3rd, 2012  
oOOOo colourlicious
July 3rd, 2012  
have no worries, it is layered in color tones. ah yes, this is how it was - of course! not processing. sorry, should have thought before i typed.
July 3rd, 2012  
This is spectacular!!!
July 4th, 2012  
@kimmistephens Thanks Kimmi :)

@houdiniem - eeeEEEEeee thanks!
July 4th, 2012  
spoooooky! :D but: like it! :)
July 4th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - Thanks Katia :)
July 4th, 2012  
Great capture and description, Jason.
July 4th, 2012  
@sangwann - Thanks Dione :)
July 4th, 2012  
Wonderful capture and editing!!
July 4th, 2012  
wonderful place and atmospheric shot
July 4th, 2012  
Oh my!!! This is AMAZING. That ash almost looks like sand! The church is super similar in construction, although this church is much larger than the old fire station. What do you do with all that ash? Do you bag it up? I'd be looking around wondering if I should use a hose to wash it out of places or if that would somehow clog something.

And....

Thank you thank you thank you for finding it. I thought for sure you were just messing with me. Politiely of course.
July 4th, 2012  
@carolmw - Thank you Carol, very little editing involved except for some highlights to make that sky a little more dramatic.

@sludgster - Thanks Sludgster!

@hellcat - The locals were loading the ash onto a truck and then driving to the local sports field and dumping it there, but then it would rain and the ash would flow back into town... Some people do use hoses to wash it away, but it does get everywhere. When the ash is falling and it is raining, it literally is raining mud. It's 'orrible stuff!

And why would I be messing wit' chu?
July 5th, 2012  
Nicely captured...has a bit of an eerie shiver down the spine kinda feel to it doesn't it!!!
July 5th, 2012  
@turning_40 - you should see their hospital!
July 5th, 2012  
@bobfoto I can just imagine!!
July 5th, 2012  
Easy target... It's right on my forehead, or haven't you noticed? ;)

That would be an insane chore. When we get heavy snow they'll load it into dump trucks and take it to a parking lot, but all we have to worry about is an accidental warm up and 'flood'. I've heard that about ash. That it's so fine it can get into working gears and motors and accumulate enough to stop it from working. (As well as get heavy enough to bust in a roof.) Crazy stuff.
July 6th, 2012  
@hellcat - you should hear the electric windows in the hire cars over there!
July 6th, 2012  
Amazing....mother nature is a powerful force.
July 6th, 2012  
I'm with Sue..."all I can do is gasp" and not just at the devastation, but isn't it hard to breathe there? I'd think the ash would kick up and into the air and make it hard to breathe, but maybe it is too "big" to be a problem.....
July 6th, 2012  
@batavia - She sure is... yup!

@espyetta - respiratory problems are a real issue and it was on this particular visit that they had officially closed the town down. But going back a few weeks ago, I see that life has returned and people are back in town going about their business.
July 6th, 2012  
Very eerie shot!
July 7th, 2012  
@kjarn - it was an eerie town when it looked like this... very quiet in the streets, quite the opposite to when it normally is all hustle and bustle.
July 7th, 2012  
Awesome shot Jason.
July 7th, 2012  
@sebella - Why thank you Sebella :)
July 7th, 2012  
Is it similar to nails on a chalkboard? Or at least that annoying?
July 11th, 2012  
@hellcat - nah not really annoying... more a sound of "umm should I stop? But the window is still half down???"
July 12th, 2012  
lol.... Nah, keep going... it'll stop when it can't do it no more.
July 18th, 2012  
@hellcat - true.
July 18th, 2012  
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