The 10 Most Dangerous  Volcanoes in the World


Mount Vesuvius, Italy

The most notorious of them all is this mountain looming over Naples. In 79 A.D., it destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserving them perfectly. The most recent activity was recorded in 1944. 


Popocatepetl, Mexico

It is especially dangerous due to the huge populace just 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) away – a total of 20 million people in Mexico City. 


Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

This Icelandic volcano most recently erupted in 2010, causing huge clouds of ash that hindered Europe’s air traffic for a week. – 


Taal, Philippine

From 1572 until most recently in 1977, there were a total of 33 eruptions. The authorities keep a close watch on the behemoth as an eruption could affect more than 12 million people. 


Mount St. Helens, U.S.

Having caused the largest landslide ever recorded in 1980, St. Helens remains active, with the last eruption occurring in 2008. 


Cotopaxi, Ecuador

One of the world’s tallest volcanoes, Cotopaxi is one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes with more than 50 eruptions since the 16th century. 


Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano and had its most recent eruption in 2018. 


Mount Fuji, Japan

One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” Fuji has been mostly dormant since 1707, but scientists still consider it active as the 2011 earthquake could have caused an eruption. 


Merapi, Indonesia

Located in the center of Indonesia, the Merapi volcano is the most active in the country.  


Krakatoa, Indonesia

This quite active volcano destroyed large parts of the archipelago of Krakatoa in 1883, releasing 13,000 times the energy the atomic bomb of Hiroshima had. 

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