Why do people live by volcanoes?

A man works in a field with Mount Mayon in the distance.
A man works in a field with Mount Mayon in the distance.

People choose to live in volcanic areas despite the risks of an eruption. Volcanoes can provide people with many benefits such as:

  • volcanic rock and ash provide fertile land which results in a higher crop yield for farmers
  • tourists are attracted to the volcano, which increases money to the local economy
  • geothermal energy can be harnessed, which provides cheaper electricity for locals
  • minerals are contained in lava, eg diamonds - these can be mined to make money
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