Did the earth move for you? Volcanic eruption appears to create a rather rude-looking cloud of ash
- Indonesia’s highest active volcano, Semeru, erupted thick cloud of smoke
- Josiah Gordon and his friend Megan Hassa said they saw it as they were hiking
- They said the cloud had changed shape and the phallic form lasted only briefly
This volcano appears to have erupted into a very rude shape in Indonesia.
Two tourists said they saw ash from Indonesia’s highest active volcano, Semeru on the island of Java, transform into the phallic shape as they were climbing the mountain.
The quickly rising smoke meant the unusual formation ‘only lasted for less than a few seconds’, they said.
Josiah Gordon, 23, was climbing the Java mountain with his friend Megan Hassa when the eruptions began.
Phallic volcano: This picture appears to show an ash cloud in a very rude shape after Indonesia’s highest active volcano Semeru erupted
After a two-day hike to reach the top of the 12,000-ft mountain, Josiah and Megan were admiring the view below when the lava began spewing into the air only a few hundred feet from where they were standing.
But the pair’s awe quickly turned to blushes after the smoke cloud apparently transformed into a phallic shape.
Josiah, from Hogansville, in Georgia in the United States, said: ‘I was just completely in awe.
‘Since the eruptions were happing quite often I took turns watching them and taking it all in as well as trying to find a way to best capture them in my camera.
Eruption: The ash cloud from the volcano which the two hikers said changed shape repeatedly and briefly took a phallic form
Cloud: People walk under the ash spewing from Semeru, the 12,000-ft mountain which erupted while the hikers were in the area
‘The plumes were swiftly changing shapes as the smoke rising seemed to be traveling at 1,000 kilometres per hour.
‘But the phallic cloud formation in the photo only lasted in the sky for less than a few seconds – no pun intended.
‘It wasn’t until the next day that I was scrolling through the images and realised that the clouds had formed what seemed like a giant you know what.’
Josiah said the incredible experience left him feeling humbled and lucky to have witnessed such a spectacle – but it didn’t bypass his sense of humour.
He added: ‘My friend Megan was standing there just enjoying and taking in this incredible moment while, unknown to her, there was a giant penis floating above her head.’
Landscape: The view from the side of a mountain as a volcano erupted on the island of Java