Living near a volcano is pretty damn dangerous. Just ask the people of ancient Pompeii and they’ll happily confirm that fact, although we’re not quite sure how you can get in touch with them these days. They’re probably not on Facebook.
If you think residing in a landlocked location near one of these explosive wonders is a bit risky though, spare a though for the Japanese residents of Aogashima island in the Philippine Sea. They live on a volcanic island just 3.5km in length and 2.5km wide, in the middle of a volcanic crater.
Now, volcanic eruptions can be severe at the best of times, and while this particular volcano hasn’t erupted since 1781 – when it erupted for four straight years – it is still considered a Class-C active volcano. If it erupted now, it’s safe to say there wouldn’t be much chance of escape for the residents.
The island’s population is just under 150 people, which while low is possibly more than you would expect for the most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. To be a bit more specific, the island is 358km, or 222m, south of Tokyo, so despite the scenery, it’s possibly not the most realistic holiday destination.