In the end, the weather and the light were so beautiful we had to delay the forecast ‘eruption’ by 10 chilly minutes! We’re busy collating and compiling footage, movie clips and stories from the day (not to mention our ‘day jobs’). In the meantime here are a few of our photogenic highlights from the world’s best predicted volcanic eruption.
In the build up to the eruption, EventFX Ltd were on hand to have the volcano show signs of unrest through the late afternoon. It was a pretty musical volcano and seemed to have unrest peaks during moments of musical intensity. There were plenty of those (see volcano caption for our playlist).
During the eruption EventFX had commissioned some fireworks that were a little denser than usual to try and mimic the trajectories of ballistics they had seen in the footage we sent them of small explosions. We also had ‘quiet’ dome glow.
Our ‘pyroclastic flow’ worked pretty well but the bracing East Anglian wind whipped and diluted the cloud a bit faster than we might have liked… and then… the flares around the volcano lit up to signify the start of the artistic and wonderful ‘Trademark Final Flourish’ !(pers. comm. EventFX Ltd)
A truly fantastic finale; mini-Merapi swathed in ‘choking sulphurous fumes’
After an afternoon of colouring and drawing volcanoes in the Little Big Top with glitter pens and kids you would think we would have had quite enough of sparkly wonderfulness. Not. one. tiny. little. bit. of it.
We owe a fantastic debt of thanks to those 65+ volunteers from the University of East Anglia and beyond who plastered, painted, wrote, drew, exploded, chatted, talked rocks and finally stewarded crowds. Thank you! More on those adventures soon.
For those of you wondering where all the cakes have gone, have no fear, the volcano-cake blog of the century is on its way……