Living next to a volcano would be incredibly beautiful, but also extremely dangerous. If you’re unfortunate enough to live in an under-developed country and one these monsters ends up erupting, it can be an incredibly harrowing experience. Living in and under-developed country can have very negative effects on the people who are in danger from these natural occurrences. Warning systems and shelters are not as abundant, meaning more people have less time to avoid danger. These photos taken from Indonesia when Mount Sinabung erupted in 2014 shows the horror and chaos that these power acts of nature can cause.
Living next to a volcano comes with my perils, most of which can involve you losing your life.
During this eruption, and estimated 30,000 people were displaced from their homes.
Located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Mount Sinabung had remained dormant for 400 years.
On June 2, 2010 however, that all changed. Sinabung erupted with an absolute fury. As if 400 years of pent-up frustration leapt out of the ground all at once.
Farmers grow crops right on the base of the mountain because of the incredibly fertile volcanic soil that gets dropped there by the volcano.
This is what happens to the crops in the volcano’s path of fury when it does erupt however.
Locals are urged to wear some sort of face protection to avoid harm from the aerosols that are in the volcanic ash.
This man was one of the unlucky ones. Recovery efforts for bodies are common place at the base of the mountain.
The volcano’s have been erupting with a regularity since the re-awakening in 2010. Here, the bodies of villagers are wrapped in cloth and awaiting to be buried.
Countless homes have been destroyed by the seeming never-ending eruptions of the mountain.
Residents are forced to live in make shift shelters with all their belongings packed in tightly with them.
Living in poverty-stricken areas such as this can spell disaster for the local population. Warning systems are not as advanced, or there may be none altogether.
Living in constant fear of a volcano would not be a very fun way to live.
Countless buildings and wildlife are being destroyed at a steady rate because the volcano is constantly erupting. It’s nature though and cannot be stopped.
These families already live in sub par conditions. The added stress of having their homes destroyed from a volcano can’t be easy to deal with.
The eruptions do offer a chance for photographers to capture some beautiful pictures though.
Mount Sinabung is part of a chain of volcanos that number around 129. These volcanos sit on what is called “The Ring of Fire” which is a belt of seismic activity that runs along the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
These incredible eruption shots were taken from Karo district.
It really is incredible when you see lighting right on top of a volcano.
Living in constant fear of an eruption has to be incredibly stressful on these people. Simply packing up and leaving isn’t an option for many of them however. Family ties run deep in these communities, and many homes have been passed down through many generations. Many families have farmed these lands for centuries, and leaving the only place they have ever known isn’t very feasible. For now, the people who decide to stay have to deal with the constant threat of ash clouds and suffocating aerosols.