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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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People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News

A volcano has erupted in New Zealand with 100 people in the vicinity – leaving some unaccounted for, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption.

The local mayor told New Zealand media she feared there had been injuries.

White Island, or Whakaari, is off the coast of North Island – and is one the country’s most active volcanoes.

Despite that, the island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.

A live feed from the volcano showed a group of visitors inside the crater before images went dark after the eruption.

Source: People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News