Tourist who wanted to take a photo fell into the crater

Police say tourists were on a guided tour of the volcano when the fatal fall occurred

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Tourist who wanted to take a photo fell into the crater

A Chinese woman died after falling off the edge of a crater while posing for a photo at a volcano in Indonesia known for the popular “blue fire” phenomenon.

Huang Lihong, 31, and his wife Zhang Yong were on a guided tour in East Java province when the incident occurred. The pair had climbed to the rim of Ijen crater, a volcano tourism park in the region, to watch the sunrise, Hongxing News reported.

According to police, the woman who fell from a height of 75 meters died on impact. Police officers said the death was registered as an accident.

The tour guide said he initially kept a safe distance by standing two to three meters away from the edge of the cliff while the woman took photos.

The guide added that he warned the couple about the danger points.

However, the guide noted that Lihong started moving backwards to take a photo near a tree. The reason for Lihong’s close proximity was to use the bare and unkempt branches as a background.

According to reports, Lihong fell off the cliff because she accidentally stepped on her long, flowing dress while walking backwards.

It is not yet clear whether she was wearing a skirt or a dress.

Ijen volcano is known for its “blue fire”, the blue light emitted by the combustion of sulfuric gases.

In 2018, many people were forced to evacuate their homes and at least 30 people were hospitalized after the volcano began emitting toxic gases.

Ijen Volcano regularly releases small amounts of toxic gases, but the area is open to the public.

Indonesia is home to around 130 active volcanoes. Millions of Indonesians live and work near volcanoes, mostly because of their fertile agricultural lands.

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