The deadly eruption of a New Zealand volcano has drawn a spotlight on how active volcanoes draw crowds of tourism each year.
With so many active volcanoes on the planet, tourists are seeking out thrills on mountains from Japan to DR Congo.
Some of those have had eruptions in the recent past but still – or possibly because of that – are high up on the list of visitors.
“Getting close to volcanoes offers a rare opportunity to experience the power of the restless earth: the smouldering, seething release of pressure from the brittle crust of earth caused by the crush of tectonic plates,” says travel journalist Simon Calder.
“But with the reward comes a range of risks. They can include sulphur dioxide and other toxic volcanic gases, material from the volcano being thrown out, lava flows and possible resulting wildfires, landslides and, for coastal locations, tsunamis.”
I – Word Understanding
Smouldering – burning but without flame
Seething – intensely hot
Brittle – hard but can break easily
Tectonic plates – slabs of rocks on the surface of the earth that move in relation to
Toxic – poisonous
II – Have Your Say
1. Japan is known to have active and extinct volcanoes. Which volcanoes in Japan are mostly frequented by tourists? Do you think they are safe to visit?
2. Have you trekked on volcanic areas? What kind of satisfaction do you think people get from visiting such high risk volcanic tours? Should this type of tour be prohibited?
3. What adventures would you rather experience or have experienced? What are the thrills and risks of such adventures?
a. Hot air balloon
b. Great Barrier Reef
c. Climb Mt. Everest / Mr. Fuji
d. Trek the Great Wall of China
e. African Safari
g. Sand surfing