The Deceptive Beauty of Indonesia’s Deadly Acid Volcano

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Image: Bertrand Claude

The entire trek down to the base of the volcano covers around 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of rocky path, and the miners make it twice a day. It’s no surprise that accidents are frequent, as are bruised and damaged shoulders, backs and feet.

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Image: Bertrand Claude

Another hazard of working in the volcanic caldera comes in the form of the sulfurous vapors that the miners, who generally cannot afford protective clothing or masks, inhale every day. Visitors to the area report feeling nausea and dizziness after just a few minutes in the fumes, which also irritate the eyes and make it hard to breathe. A TV crew even reported the gasses corroding their cameras and making them unusable.

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