Exploring the worlds volcanoes

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I’ve been fascinated with Earth Science for the entirety of my adult’ish life.  Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes have continually piqued my interest, not for the death and destruction, but the raw power of planet earth and how mother nature is a bad ass bitch.

I set off to explore the world’s volcanoes with the hopes that I’d get to see some action in relatively unknown niche tourism segment called disaster tourism.

Destination: The horseshoe shaped Ring of Fire surrounding the pacific ocean that stretches from the USA to Japan and south to Australia. This area lays claim to 92% of the world’s largest eruptions over the past 11,000 years.

The goal: Get up close with the world’s volcanoes and photograph the raw beauty of this planet.

WARNING

The December 2019 eruption of New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island volcano highlights how dangerous Disaster Tourism can be. Even a sleeping volcano can abruptly (and violently) awaken with deadly results.

Volcanoes in the ring of fire

Mayon

Mayon

Located in the Philippines, Mayon’s 2018 eruptions gave way to a constant stream of lava spilling down the mountainside toward the villages below.

Merapi

Merapi

Located in Indonesia, Merapi is one of 35 active volcanoes that has a history of deadly eruptions that have devastated the surrounding Indonesian villages.

Irazu

Irazu

Located in Cost Rica, Irazu is an active volcano that has turned into a tourist attraction. Be careful when you visit, it has erupted 23 times since 1723.

Kilauea

Kilauea

Located on the South side of Hawaii’s Big Island, Kilauea’s lava fields are a treacherous hike allows you to get up close to flowing lava.

Batur

Batur

Located in Bali, Indonesia, Batur is known for collapsing 24,000 years ago and creating what is now known as Lake Batur.

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