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Outside there, some volcanic activities such as eruptions are conjured up into a tourist attraction. For example, visitors can see the incandescent lava of Mount Etna in Sicilia, Italy. This is the most active volcano in Europe and has frequently erupted. Its activities offer spectacular volcano tourism around the world where visitors are deliberately come

Outside there, some volcanic activities such as eruptions are conjured up into a tourist attraction. For example, visitors can see the incandescent lava of Mount Etna in Sicilia, Italy. This is the most active volcano in Europe and has frequently erupted. Its activities offer spectacular volcano tourism around the world where visitors are deliberately come to see this natural phenomenon. Other than tourists, it also surely draws the interest of scientists, photographers as well as some other professional circles.

In addition to Etna, another volcano is the Kilauea in Hawaii, the United States. Just like Mount Etna, the glow of its flowing lava becomes a stunning spectacle to tourists. The incandescent lava flowing into the sea becomes an unforgettable attraction for tourists visiting the states of the United States located in the Pacific Ocean.

Both become a tourist attraction because they have been prepared almost perfectly. No settlement follows around it and the population is within a safe radius. Position and behavior of the volcano has been learned. Besides, the path of molten lava has been prepared, so the second volcanic activities can be sold as an attractive package.

Our country indeed has many volcanoes. Their volcanic activities often claim casualties and material losses. Typicality, characteristic, location and position of the volcano whose surroundings are taken advantage as human habitat make most volcanoes in Indonesia unable to be packed into tourist attractions like the Etna and Kilauea.

On a small scale, the activities of Mount Bromo could have become a spectacle of tourists from a distance. Do not go far, a few years ago the volcanic activities of Mount Batur had also become an attraction to tourists from Penelokan, Kintamani. Not all natural phenomena can be made into tour packages as many elements cannot be met. Apart from scientific and technical elements, it must also consider the social and cultural values and ethnic rituals of society.

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At the same time, Mount Agung must meet such criteria. Another criterion needs to be considered is the emotional aspect. This has something to do with the empathy and sympathy on refugees that are forced to leave their homes, paddy fields, moor and livestock. This is also an important aspect. Do not let, in this condition, when refugees face difficulty in refugee camps where they are living the life as refugees on the one hand, other  people or group talk about how to sell this activity into a tour package.

It is a matter of sense, a matter of empathy and sympathy. The philosophy of time dimension is very important. Balinese people name it desa kala patra or location, time and circumstance. We must be smart to say and do something in appropriate time, the right circumstances. The matter of time probably has something to do with common sense. Unfortunately, many of us do not really understand about time. Time records and reminds us that we often forget. (Gde Palgunadi, gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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