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Disaster tourism

Disaster tourism at Mount Merapi, after the 2010 eruptions

Disaster tourism is the act of traveling to a disaster area as a matter of curiosity.


  • Hurricane Katrina 1
  • 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Hurricane Katrina

Disaster tourism took hold in the Greater New Orleans Area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. There are now guided bus tours to neighborhoods that were severely damaged and/or totally destroyed by the flooding.

Some local residents have criticized these tours as Lower 9th and St. Bernard Parish which is 1.4 miles east of the Industrial Canal.

On the other hand, such communities as Habitat for Humanity International and Catholic Charities, have converged on the city to gut and rebuild homes. There is also a movement by local residents to bring congressmen and other national leaders to the city and view the damage in person, since recovery efforts have been hampered by the failure of many homeowners and businesses to receive claims from their insurance providers.

2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull, on Iceland, began erupting on 20 March 2010.[1][2] At this time, about 500 farmers and their families from the areas of Fljótshlíð, Eyjafjöll, and Landeyjar were evacuated overnight, but allowed to return to their farms and homes after Civil Protection Department risk assessment. On 14 April 2010, Eyjafjallajökull erupted for the second time, requiring 800 people to be evacuated.[3]

Disaster tourism quickly sprang up in the wake of the first eruption, with tour companies offering trips to see the volcano.[4] However, the ash cloud from the second eruption disrupted air traffic over Great Britain and most of northern and western Europe, making it difficult to travel to Iceland even though Iceland's airspace itself remained open throughout.[3][5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "Eldgosið á Fimmvörðuhálsi". 
  2. ^ Volcano Erupts Under Eyjafjallajökull Reykjavík Grapevine, March 21, 2010
  3. ^ a b "Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights in northern Europe". BBC News. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Tom Robbins. "Iceland's erupting volcano | Travel". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. ^ "Cancellations due to volcanic ash in the air".  
  6. ^ "Iceland Volcano Spewing Ash Chokes Europe Air Travel". San Francisco Chronicle. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
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