A Woman Fell Into A Volcano While ‘Posing For A Photo’!

A Woman Fell Into A Volcano While ‘Posing For A Photo’!

A tragic incident unfolded as the Chinese tourist Huang Lihong lost her life at the Ijen Crater in Indonesia. Huang fell 250 feet (over 70 meters) while attempting to capture a memorable photograph. As she positioned herself for the photo by reportedly moving her leg up, her skirt got caught on the rocky landscape. It then led to her devastating plunge

Huang’s husband was also with her at the time of the incident taking photographs. Rescuers were able to retrieve the remnants of her body after a difficult operation. Let’s dive into the details of this tragic incident. 

The Incident Unfolded

The tragedy took place on the morning of April 20th. Huang and her husband, accompanied by a local guide, climbed the slopes of Ijen Crater. Their goal was to see the scenic sunrise from the volcano’s rim. During the photoshoot, Huang stood on the rim of the volcano. In an effort to capture the perfect shot, she positioned one leg up on a rock with the backdrop of rising steam and sulfur gases. 

Unfortunately, this pose led to her accidental fall into the crater. The local guide and other witnesses quickly rallied. She has fallen over 250 feet (75 meters) deep. However, it took rescuers over two hours to retrieve her body from the crater. Dwi Putro Sugiarto, the head of the Department of Conservation for the Banyuwangi region, confirmed the incident was a tragic accident. He also stressed the need for safety among tourists.

Image source: Sentinel Assam (The Tree Huang reportedly stood beside when taking her photo)
Image source: The Sun / The New York Post (On the left is Huang’s last photo / On the right is when rescuers retrieved her body)

Significance of Ijen Crater

Ijen Crater, located in East Java, Indonesia, is not just a natural wonder. It is also a site of significant geological and cultural importance. The crater has an acidic lake known for its striking blue fire phenomena. It is also a site for sulfur mining, which is a labor-intensive process done under challenging conditions. 

The crater is spread across a diameter of 722 meters and goes 660 feet (200 meters) deep at its deepest point. The entire area is part of the Ijen Geopark, which includes other sites like Pulau Merah Beach and Alas Purwo National Park. In 2023, this region was recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark, celebrating its rich geological, biological, and cultural heritage.

Image source: Greta Travel
Woman Fell Into A Volcano While Posing For A Photo
Image source: National Geographic (striking blue fire phenomena)


The tragic fall of Huang Lihong into the Ijen Crater serves as a poignant reminder of the risks associated with adventurous photography in dangerous locations. It raises important questions about tourist safety and the measures needed to protect visitors while allowing them to appreciate the world’s natural wonders. 

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