The Russian Emergency Ministry was forced to publicly warn of the deadly danger of approaching the crater of an erupting volcano after photos and videos of daredevils surfaced online right next to a lava-filled volcanic cone.
Klyuchevskaya Sopka, an active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, recently became a hotspot for adrenaline-seeking tourists as the spectacular formation of a second volcanic hole allowed them to get close enough to actually cook meat and sausages on it hot rock surrounding the erupting volcano. But while the trend may have started with fun pictures and videos of sausages sizzling on a natural volcanic rock stove, it grew into something much more dangerous, with people getting close enough to the cone to film in it without the lava note bombs shoot out.
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“More and more photos of tourists in front of the erupting volcano are appearing on social networks,” said Kamchatka’s emergency minister. “Rescuers remind again that a volcanic eruption is an extremely dangerous phenomenon for humans. The danger is not only in the lava flow itself, but also in phreatic explosions that can occur when hot magma comes into contact with snow and ice. “
All travel agents in the region have been warned not to bring tourists too close to the recently formed second cone of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano, which is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters. Warning leaflets have also been distributed in the village of Klyuchi, an important access point to the volcano, but they have done little to discourage tourists.
Sites like Instagram are full of photos and videos taken dangerously close to the new volcanic cone. So close, in fact, that you can see molten lava sewing out over the heads of tourists. Getting hit by any of these things is no joke as it could likely burn a hole through a person.
“On social networks, people stand on the crater and shoot as volcanic bombs and slag are thrown from the crater about 60 meters above the rim,” Olga Girina, head of the Kamchatka volcanic eruption group, told the Siberian Times. “Lava bombs are all over the place. This is dangerous. They were lucky no one was hit on the head. Volcanic bombs are dropped at great speed. “
Despite the risk of lava bombs, toxic gas emissions and even the collapse of the ground around the new volcanic cone, Russian media reports that dozens of tourists visit the site every day.
“Remember, your safety, health and life are first and foremost in your hands,” the Emergency Minister said in a statement.