Why do people choose to stay near volcanoes?
People often tend to choose to live in places that are not safe. This may be because of volcanoes or earthquakes or floods. There can be many reasons why they choose to live in such places. In the case of volcanoes, the most important reasons include:
- Lack of a feeling of real risk. A volcano might be dormant for centuries and therefore people will feel little fear of it. They will not be deterred from living near it because they do not think it will erupt.
- The volcano may be near to an area that is otherwise ideal for a city. The Seattle area in the United States is an example of this. Mount Rainier is very close to this area but a city grew up there anyway because of its ideal location on Puget Sound.
Looked at like this, there are relatively few "costs" to living near a volcano since it is unlikely to erupt. At the same time, there can be major benefits to living in such a place. For these reasons, people often live near volcanoes.