Indonesia is located between the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates. This region is known as the ‘ring of fire’, and is regularly affected by earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tsunamis. Yet the Ring of Fire does not only bring death and destruction. Farmers move next to volcanoes because the soil is specially fertile due to the volcano-ashes. Tourists are visiting destroyed villages or lying with all-inclusive cocktails in the sun on tsunami-endangered beaches. Some come to see ongoing eruptions. On the other hand, visitors value the feeling that everything is well prepared for an emergency. There are also shamans. In some places their word means more than the data of the scientists. Their attempt to track down the forces of nature with sensors, seismographs, and research teams is the opposite of the traditional view of blaming human sins for the forces of nature.

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