At the Foot of Mount Yasur

by Usha Alexander
An active volcano in “paradise” conveys many lessons about life, community, culture, and hubris.

I am six hundred miles east of the Great Barrier Reef in the archipelago of Vanuatu—or, as they say in Vanuatu, the “ni-Vanuatu” archipelago—home to nine active volcanoes. One of these, Mount Yasur on the southern island of