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Offline iam4liberty

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« on: December 15, 2019, 07:46:26 AM »
Active volcanoes should probably be avoided.  While advertising by government-funded tour bureaus push them as safe and fun vacation destinations, chances of eruption are much greater than most think.  The long-term trend is about 50 eruptions out of 1500 active volcanoes each year. In the last year or so we've seen tourists injured and killed at:

Italy's Stromboli Island volcano

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

Bali's Mount Agung

New Zealand's Whakaari on White Island

So it is wise to take the advertising with a grain of salt sulfer.

Here are some examples of ads selling these vacations:

Big hint, if you are required to wear gas masks on the tour, it is proobably not a good idea.

Here is what the US EPA says:
ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.

Volcanic gases that pose the greatest potential hazards are sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen fluoride. Locally, sulfur dioxide gas can lead to acid rain and air pollution downwind from a volcano. These gases can come from lava flows as well as a volcano that erupts violently.

Volcanic ash can travel hundreds to thousands of miles downwind from a volcano. Fresh volcanic ash is gritty, abrasive, sometimes corrosive, and always unpleasant. Although ash is not highly toxic, it can trouble infants, the elderly, and those with respiratory ailments. Ash can also get in your eyes and scratch them, especially when it's windy. Ash can be hazardous to grazing livestock and can damage or force the shutdown of drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities by clogging or damaging equipment.

And this is what your family may look like if caught in one (funny how they dont put that in the ads):

If you somehow survive, it wont be an especially fun time:
New Zealand Seeks Human Skin to Treat Volcano Burn Victims
The country’s need highlights a little-known type of organ donation.

To treat more than two dozen tourists severely burned in a volcanic explosion earlier this week, doctors in New Zealand are rushing to obtain a unique medical export from the United States.

The doctors are buying nearly 1,300 square feet of human skin.

At a briefing on Thursday in Auckland, health officials outlined the desperate task before them. The volcanic explosion on White Island left 27 visitors with severe burns, some covering up to 95 percent of their bodies. Twenty-two are in critical condition.

Surgeons already have been operating nonstop on these patients, because many of the injuries were worsened by chemicals and gases in the eruption. But there is not enough human skin in New Zealand for surgeons to treat all of the injuries they are seeing.
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