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Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption – BBC News

Huge numbers of tourists risk scaling active volcanoes every 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.”

So here’s an overview of several of the world’s most popular and recently active volcanoes.

Source: Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption – BBC News

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