Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years

Joel Santos ventured to take pictures of one of the world's oldest continuous burning lava lakes, also known as the Hell Gate, located at the Etra Ale volcano.

Picture 1 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
These impressive photos show viewers rare scenes in Hell's Door, one of the world's oldest continuous burning lakes.

Picture 2 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Portuguese photographer Joel Santos uses a flying camera to photograph a boiling boiling lava lake, reaching temperatures of over 1,100 degrees Celsius, while he is only about 1 meter away from the edge of the lake.

Picture 3 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
According to Santos, about 2-3 minutes, you can hear the screeching under the volcano and a sudden crack open.

Picture 4 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Santos is well aware of the risk of recording intense natural phenomena at such a close distance.

Picture 5 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
This lava lake has been operating continuously since 1906 and is located in a 610 m high Erta Ale volcano, in the Afar region, northern Ethiopia.

Picture 6 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
The most recent major eruption of the Erta Ale took place in 2005, killing 250 cattle and forcing thousands of people living nearby to evacuate.

Picture 7 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Danakil Desert, where Erta Ale volcano is located, is the hottest non-residential area in the world.Santos can only record in the early morning or late evening.

Picture 8 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Santos uses a flying camera to film on the lake, and four 4K resolution cameras withstand hot temperatures around the lake.

Picture 9 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
He warned: "I have to be very careful. Nature gives me a great performance, but very dangerous."

Picture 10 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Erta Ale is a volcanic basalt shaped shield.

Picture 11 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
The world has only 6 volcanoes of this type, and this is one of the few you can reach.

Picture 12 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
With Santos, this is an incredible experience.He was taken aback by the natural world and thought there would be more surprises ahead.

Picture 13 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Information about the Erta Ale is quite limited, due to the surrounding terrain is the world's most harsh, and the local aborigines do not welcome strangers.

Picture 14 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
Having many difficulties, Santos still has great works after coming here twice.

Picture 15 of Hell Gate - lake lava burning for hundreds of years
He said Erta Ale "is the most surreal, overwhelming and captivating sight one can see in his life".

« PREV
NEXT »