Thoughtless Tourist Poses In Front Of Erupting Volcano For Instagram Likes

Thoughtless Tourist Poses In Front Of Erupting Volcano For Instagram Likes

Bali, over the last 20 years, has dragged its reputation from a Bintang bogan paradise to a beautiful, relaxing sanctuary that caters to families and revellers alike. For what was a third world island, Bali has done a bloody tremendous job to capitalise on the vast amounts of tourism that comes its way.

But they way many tourists actually view the island has been revealed with a number of ‘mindful’ and ‘spiritually enlightened’ individuals capitalising on the eruption of Mt Agung in pursuit of the perfect social media post.

Mount Agung began its latest eruption last weekend, spewing an ash-cloud high into the air that is now suspended over the tourist destination. Emerging lava flows have decimated entire villages resulting in one of the largest-scale evacuations in the island’s recent history. Consequent stronger eruptions are forecast with potentially catastrophic effect on the 55,000 people who have chosen to remain behind.

Credit: Reuters

Credit: Reuters

The eruption has left thousands of tourists stranded with the airport only in operation if the wind is blowing the right way. It has also placed considerable strain on the island’s resources as the military and disaster mitigation agencies scramble to evacuate those in path of the destruction.

In a severe case of ‘Head Up Arse Syndrome’, these people seem totally oblivious to the destructive nature of the eruption that has already displaced some 40,0000 families. But as the thousands of refugees band together to survive, the posts must go on, because what’s more awesome than meditating in front of an erupting volcano?

Credit: Reuters

Credit: Reuters

Comments on the below images are a mixed bag, but it seems there is a trend towards admonishing the publishers for such self-absorbed and mindless posts in such close proximity to pain, loss and suffering. In the below post, a woman captions it by bragging:

“I woke up today at 3:55 AM with the intention to drive towards Agung to see the volcanic eruption and ash cloud, and also I wanted to pet a puppy.“

I woke up today at 3:55 AM with the intention to drive towards Agung to see the volcanic eruption and ash cloud, and also I wanted to pet a puppy. I've done one of the two. It's only 9 AM I'm still hopeful that I will find a puppy to love. Here's a shot from Batur in the hot springs. You can see the ash cloud behind me from Mother Earth speaking to us. . . . #batur #eruption #volcano #agung #agungvolcano #agungeruption #yogapose #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #yogalover #yogaforlife #adventureoften #adventuretravel #travel #ubudbali #yogabarn #bali #explorebali #travelgirls #exploremore #createmore #seetheworld #backpacker #travels #traveltime #adventurevisuals #adventuregirls #adventureanywhere #yogagirlsdaily #yogagirlsaretwisted

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The below posts don’t get much better. Bali is in a declared state of emergency for at least another week in anticipation of more chaos. Let’s hope to see some more humanity and less mindless self-documentation.

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Смотрите новый выпуск, там мы рассказываем про текущую ситуацию на Бали. Мы от сюда не улетим по ходу 😂😬 Придётся рожать тут 😂😅 Активная ссылка на видео в моем профиле ☺️ Вообще, ситуация не приятная Никто не паникует и не мчится уезжать. Конечно, не понятно когда теперь возобновят вылеты, вулкан пока бушует и вряд ли впадёт в спячку. Видимо Бали не хочет нас отпускать, будем для вас снимать интересные видосики. #бали #agung #bali #сказачноебали #вулкан #агунг #извержениевулкана #убуд #ubud

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