TRAVEL GAZETTE – Royal Geographical Society has warned that tourists are putting themselves in danger and hampering emergency services by heading towards volcanoes when they erupt.
The phenomenon, known as ‘volcano tourism’ has seen emergency services in countries such as Iceland now having to contend with the arrival of tourists who rush there to get close to an exploding volcano, reports the BBC.
The study says such tourists fail to understand the seriousness of the risk and warns that such visitors can create dangerous problems for already stretched rescue services.
Earlier this year, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption killed dozens and left dazed residents covered in ash as they searched for loved ones. Hot gases, rock and ash raced down the volcano, erasing hillside communities and blocking roads.
Last year three tourists died in Italy when they fell into a pit in a volcanic crater.