Why do people live near active volcanos?

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  1. MissJamieD profile image70
    MissJamieDposted 6 years ago

    If I was in the market for a home for myself and/or my family, the last place I'd want that home to be located would be the side of a volcano that's actually erupted in the past....what's with people who put homes on volcanos and earthquake fault lines? Or on the coast where tsunamis and hurricanes or simply floods could wipe you out? Help me understand....

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Half the NW US lives within the range of the supervolcano called Yellowstone Park.  When it goes, so will the NW, and it won't be the first time.  So be it.

    2. sarovai profile image76
      sarovaiposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Many the soil is good for health?!

    3. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Because most of the earth is on a fault or near a volcano including entire countries, and most of them only go off every 500,000 years or so.  The rest of the earth is in a tornado zone, desert, frozen, avalanche area, has danger animals or smells bad.  Life is risk.

    4. 2besure profile image84
      2besureposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It may be a false sense of security.  If there has not been an eruption or earthquake for decades, they feel they may be safe. It think it is insanity!

      1. Nouveau Skeptic profile image75
        Nouveau Skepticposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I think living in New Zealand or Japan or any other active zone is well worth the risk.

  2. MissJamieD profile image70
    MissJamieDposted 6 years ago

    Good to know

  3. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    "Why do people live near active volcanos?"

    Boredom?

  4. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 6 years ago

    I think there are very few places one can live that aren't subject to some kind of natural disaster.  Even if one doesn't live near an active volcano, fault line, or coast line.  If one lives lives near a river, there can be flooding, on the plains one can get hit by a tornado, the northeast has blizzards.  Although the earth may appear stable and static, the ground below is not nearly as solid at we would like to belive it is, and the winds of change are always blowing.

  5. profile image62
    logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago

    I live on a hill so the only thing I have to worry about is tornadoes.  Since I have a basement and can see for miles in nearly all directions, I'm good!
    As Alfred E. Neuman would say, "What, me worry!"

    1. TLMinut profile image59
      TLMinutposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know about that, my friend told me my old town in the mountains of Utah FLOODED. They had to sandbag and everything, last thing I would have ever thought to worry about living up on a mountain.

  6. hush4444 profile image69
    hush4444posted 6 years ago

    I live on a dormant volcano (Mount Hualalai in Hawaii) about 90 miles from an active one (Mount Kilauea).  Since Volcanoes National Park is also on this island, we have access to some of the most sophisticated seismic equipment available that will tell us if an eruption is imminent.  Volcanologists come from all over the world to study our volcanoes, so we have a lot of experts to warn us, and the chance of a huge eruption (like Mount St. Helens) is very slim.  Every mountain in Hawaii is a volcano, either dormant, extinct, or active.
         We have a view of the ocean and can watch the cruise ships arrive and depart.  We're also high up the mountain, far away from any tsunamis.  I'd much rather have a slow moving volcanic eruption than a tornado or hurricane!

    1. brittanytodd profile image92
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      +1

  7. calpol25 profile image64
    calpol25posted 6 years ago

    Why do people live near volcanoes?

    Maybe its some kind of new fetish with death? smile

  8. chuckbl profile image79
    chuckblposted 6 years ago

    In Britain we more or less have nothing dangerous which is great so I can't tell you about thrill seeking or anything.

    All I know is that the land around volcanoes is very fertile and excellent farming land which is why it attracts people.

  9. calpol25 profile image64
    calpol25posted 6 years ago

    Mind you I live 100 miles south of Edinburgh the capital of Scotland which is built on the top of an extinct Vocanoe. I live in Carlisle on the scottish border for those who are interested smile

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      100 miles south of Edinburgh!! Tsk Tsk... 50 miles west of Edinburgh and you might have been born a Buckie fan.

      Gawd I used to stock that sickly sweet alcoholic monster in my bar just to entice Scots in! It worked by the way.

      Hmmmm...

      Made by monks, people of God? Oh right.

      Getting back to the topic, I think people live in fault zones because they were born there.

      Others move there because they are exceptionally stupid, I suppose.

      1. calpol25 profile image64
        calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        lol good one Izzy wish I had been born in Scotland sometimes, Carlisle cant agree on whether its scottish or english. We both know its scottish all the way smile   xxx

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          ((((hugs))) all the way!

          I don't care if you are Scottish or English, you have great attitude!

          1. calpol25 profile image64
            calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you Izzy I love you too xxx smile

            1. chuckbl profile image79
              chuckblposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              I live half an hour south of Edinburgh, this appears to be a Scottish only subject!

              1. calpol25 profile image64
                calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Not at all chuckbl all are welcome smile

  10. Healthy Pursuits profile image90
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 6 years ago

    If the view is good and the thing only explodes once every three or four or five hundred years, that's a lot of lifetimes. (oh, and I live in the Northwest. ahem)

    Of course, you could pick the safest place on earth to have a house, then get squashed by a meteor or have a huge cube of nasty ice dropped from and airline's restroom reservoir.

  11. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Why do people live near active volcanos? Probably because they have a life view that agrees with them and it's they only live once. lol

    If the volcano goes, their life is pretty much over with before any lava ever hardens. lol

  12. AshtonFirefly profile image78
    AshtonFireflyposted 6 years ago

    Probably the daredevil type people... hmm
    I'm scared to die. Period. You won't find me living near any freaking volcano.
    I don't care how long it's been hibernating.

  13. calpol25 profile image64
    calpol25posted 6 years ago

    Maybe they live there because they have a sick sense of humour?

    1. Cagsil profile image81
      Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Or just maybe it was the only place to have peace and quiet? lol

      1. AshtonFirefly profile image78
        AshtonFireflyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        until the volcano erupts. Then it'd get pretty loud. And not so peaceful...until the lava killed you. Then you'd be in peace and quiet.... hmm

        1. Cagsil profile image81
          Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          They would probably be dead shortly after hearing the sound...again peace and quiet....as my post said at the beginning of this page. They wouldn't live long enough for the lava to harden. lol

          1. calpol25 profile image64
            calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

            hahahhahah lol lol you seriously are bad Cagsil smile

            1. Cagsil profile image81
              Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              lol lol



              Awww.....don't take it too hard Ashton, I frighten plenty of people so you're in good company. lol

              1. AshtonFirefly profile image78
                AshtonFireflyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                ......wonderful.....
                :I

                1. Cagsil profile image81
                  Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  tongue lol

          2. AshtonFirefly profile image78
            AshtonFireflyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Yes he is. hmm you frighten me further, Mr. Cagsil....

            1. calpol25 profile image64
              calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Dont be scared Ashton I think he is just having a moment smile

              1. Cagsil profile image81
                Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Yeah, and that moment is called living life. lol

              2. AshtonFirefly profile image78
                AshtonFireflyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                yikes

                1. calpol25 profile image64
                  calpol25posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  big_smile

  14. LeanMan profile image86
    LeanManposted 6 years ago

    Just moved my office to the opposite side of my house; now I have a beautiful view of lush tropical trees and beautiful scenery and a huge volcano in the background - one of the many active ones throughout the Philippines..

    Since I have been here I have felt several small tremors but have resisted the urge to go and drive up to the crater of the volcano to take a look! It is far enough away to not be an immediate danger.. I hope!!

    The land is super fertile and you can grow anything here!!!!

 
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