Warning against ‘volcano tourism’ risks 專家提醒人們重視火山旅遊風險

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有些遊客為尋求刺激,在火山爆發時前往山口附近觀光,這一做法不僅危及他們自己的生命,還會妨礙緊急救援機構的正常工作。一份由英國皇家地理學會(Royal Geographical Society)發佈的報告警告人們注意 「火山旅遊業」 帶來的安全隱患。

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When a volcano erupts, the obvious thing to do might be to run in the opposite direction. But this report warns about thousands of people who rush from around the world to try to get as close as possible.

當火山爆發時,人們的第一反應可能就是朝反方向跑。但這份報告警告說,有成千上萬的人反而為了儘可能地接近火山而奔波於世界各地。

Amy Donovan, the Cambridge University geographer who has written the report, says that some people are unable to resist the elemental power of a volcano. They travelled to places such as Iceland for the thrill of being close to an eruption, often wanting to photograph themselves in these extreme settings.

來自劍橋大學的地理學家艾米‧唐納文撰寫了這份報告,她說有些人無法抗拒火山的原始力量。他們為了體會臨近火山噴發的刺激感而去冰島等地旅遊,往往是想要在這類極端的環境中自拍。

But they dangerously underestimate the risks such as being injured by flying rocks, the threat of toxic gas or getting cut off by lava flows. It’s also proving difficult for the emergency services, who are putting their own lives at risk to rescue these thrill-seeking travellers.

但危險的是,他們低估了如被飛石砸傷、吸入有毒氣體或被熔岩流阻斷去路的風險。事實證明,火山觀光還給緊急救援部門的工作人員帶來了困難,因為他們需冒著生命危險去解救這些尋求刺激的遊客。

1. 詞彙

erupts (火山)噴發
in the opposite direction 朝反方向
elemental power 大自然的力量、原始力量
thrill 刺激
settings 環境
underestimate 低估
toxic gas 有毒氣體
lava flows 岩漿流
emergency services 緊急救援機構
putting their own lives at risk 冒著自己的生命危險
thrill-seeking 尋求刺激的

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. True or false? Some tourists do not realise how risky it is to travel to erupting volcanoes.

2. What might be the obvious thing to do when the volcano erupts, according to the text?

3. Why did volcano tourists travel to places such as Iceland?

4. Which word in the text means 『to stop oneself from being affected by something’?

3. 答案

1. True or false? Some tourists do not realise how risky it is to travel to erupting volcanoes.
True. The text says that they dangerously underestimate the risks such as being injured by flying rocks, the threat of toxic gas or getting cut off by lava flows.

2. What might be the obvious thing to do when the volcano erupts, according to the text?
The obvious thing to do might be to run in the opposite direction.

3. Why did volcano tourists travel to places such as Iceland?
They travelled to places such as Iceland for the thrill of being close to an eruption, often wanting to photograph themselves in these extreme settings.

4. Which word in the text means 『to stop oneself from being affected by something’?
Resist.