Active Volcanoes on Earth: List of some of the most Dangerous

August 13, 2018
It is not every day that we see volcanic ash or hot lava hurled towards the skies from the magma chamber, below the earth's surface. And it is not every day that people live to tell about their affairs with volcanic eruption. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous active volcanoes on earth. Let's go about it, and be thankful that we are far, far away from the excitement. Or death.

Kilauea: The Hawaiian Islands house this active shield volcano, which is about 300,000 to 600,000 years old. The last eruption occurred way back in 1983, and it has been active since then! This volcano destroyed the  town (1990), Vacation land Hawaii (2018), but the latest eruption which occurred last May, seems to be responsible for changing the outline of Hawaii itself, according to recent news reports, with a growth of new land area of about 700 acres!

Piton de la Fournaise: The 'peak of the furnace' or Piton de la Fournaise is not an exaggeration, considering its 150 recorded eruptions since the 17th century! Located on the eastern side of the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean, this fire breathing furnace is considered one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, and it never disappoints, as the last eruption took place on July last year.

Mount Etna: Although Etna's volcanic activity on 16th March, 2017, injured 10 people last year, what's surprising is that its fertile volcanic soil has been useful for various agricultural activities! The first eruptions occurred around 500,000 years ago. Situated on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, Mount Etna is also considered the highest active volcano. Currently its 10,922 ft, although it tends to correspond with the volcanic activities, and hence, change.

Stromboli: Well, this small island contains one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. Its recent eruption was on 13th April, 2009, but it all started in 1934 itself. Commonly referred to as the 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean', as it shimmers and shines in its volcanic glory, lighting up the Italian sky and the seawater, this volcano is thought to have been in almost continuous eruption for the last 2000 years!

Mount Yasur: It has been on a fire-spitting free since 1774, which is also the year when Captain James Cook was apparently attracted by its glow, as he made his way to the island. The nature of its eruptions are classified as Strombolian (relatively mild blasts), and just like the Stromboli volcano, it is a stratovolcano.

Although most of these sites are heritage sites, and are open for tourists, as well as closely monitored by the various agencies, we wonder if you're ready to watch the dragon's breath as it lights up the sky, like fireworks. Deadly fireworks. Just kidding.

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