Mount Agung, a volcano in Bali, Indonesia, has been filling the skies with fumes composed of ash, sulfur, and carbon dioxide emissions for a week now and locals are bracing for an imminent and powerful eruption.
Some tourists, however, view the disaster an opportunity to capture the perfect selfie.
The volcano has erupted twice recently and its tremors alone caused the relocation of over 100,000 residents. According to the Sun, around 120,000 travelers were stranded after the nearby airport was shut down. Larger eruptions threaten not only the air quality of the surrounding area but also the livelihood of the locals who live there.
Yet, despite the gravity of the situation, some tone-deaf tourists thought the calamity that may cause serious harm and damage to locals is worthy of an Instagram selfie, the New York Post reports.
Fancy a sexy pose with a backdrop that could be potentially catastrophic to others? Here you go:
How about a romantic shot with your sweetheart amid an impending disaster? Adorable or insensitive?
Maybe a picture of calm amid the chaos? Perfect yoga shot or plain display of callousness?
How about a victory/peace sign while the locals scamper off to safety? Picturesque or utterly tasteless?
Experts fear an impending catastrophe similar to that of Mount Agung’s eruption in 1963, one of the largest and most devastating volcanic eruptions in Indonesia’s history. The disaster devastated numerous villages, killing an estimated 1,100–1,500 people.
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