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The Daily Volcano Quote: religion and perceptions of volcanic risk 23 April 2009

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… it appears that people living on Etna take part in what might best be described as ‘parallel practices’, where actions to encourage the miraculous take place at the same time as more ‘rationally’ grounded protective measures such as evacuation. Religious practice does not seem to obstruct other types of protective behaviour but [is] simply one of the protective behaviours used by people before, during and after volcanic emergencies.

David K. Chester, Angus M. Duncan & Christopher J. L. Dibben, ‘The importance of religion in shaping volcanic risk perception in Italy, with special reference to Vesuvius and Etna’, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, no. 172 (2008), p. 225.

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