Bali Volcano Claims a Life

Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, regularly emits plumes of smoke and hot ash.
Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, regularly emits plumes of smoke and hot ash.

A Swedish tourist plunged 500 feet to his death into Bali’s Mount Batur, an active volcano, during a predawn hike in late March.

The victim was identified as 25-year-old Daniel Fetersan.

Muddy conditions were believed to have contributed to the accident at the 5,600-foot volcano. Inclement weather also hampered efforts to rescue the man’s body, a task that took eight hours, authorities said.

Having recently read about Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupting and seeing the destruction wreaked by Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, it had not occured to me that simply hiking the rim could be dangerous (an accidental step into molten lava notwithstanding.)

A sobering thought, as my thoughts go out for the victim’s family and loved ones.

Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Central Java
Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Central Java
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