Phenomenal Photos of Japan’s Recent Volcano Eruption

German photographer Martin Rietze caught a series of spectacularly breathtaking shots of a volcano, shrouded in flying lava and electrifying lightning, erupting in southern Kyushu, Japan. Rietze's photography displays Sakurajima Volcano's energetic eruption with unexpected vigor. The images present a phenomenal juxtaposition of a rain of fire and flashes of lightning sparking through a billowing cloud of black smoke.

Each photo in Rietze's collection seems more astounding than the one preceding it. The bright red and blue hues of the converging elements offer a beautiful, otherworldly look at a natural occurrence that could result in disaster. The power of the flaring molten rock and jolt of lightning is reflected in each frame.

The Japanese volcano was caught in its magnificent burst of activity between February 21st and 26th by the photographer, who actively seeks “Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth.” Rietze also captured video of the stratovolcano erupting, which can be seen below.

Martin Rietze website
via [Spoon & Tamago]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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