White Valentine 2014

February 14, 2014 was a white valentine in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I woke up early in the morning and prepared myself for running, a routine once-or-twice a week workout activity. Outside my house, I surprised when I felt a fine grain dust-like fell on my skin. It’s an ash, a volcanic ash. Later, I knew it was Mount Kelud volcanic ash that was brought by the wind to Yogyakarta. The distance between Mount Kelud and Yogyakarta is about 200 km. The volcanic ash travelled so far…ash3The cloudy and gloomy atmosphere covered Yogyakarta on February 14, 2014. The vehicles on the street lifted the volcanic ash up. The air was so thick and it made harder to breath.


We had a rainfall next night and it was really helpful to wash away the ash. However, we need to clean the sewer so it was not clogged by the volcanic mud. Next morning I caught the image of rain drop from roof. The pattern is pretty cool.


Thanks God since the victim of Mount Kelud eruption can be minimized. Some traffic accidents took place in Yogyakarta since unclear air view. However, during the next weeks and months, we worked together in our community to clean the environment.

gotongroyong Gotong royong, community voluntary works for cleaning up the alley from volcanic ash

Happy (white) Valentine from an ashman 🙂




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