Not all volcanoes are dormant hills, some of them are active and inspire terror among local people. As per the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI), there are 16 active volcanoes in the world right now, and they are worth a study. We are listing down top 10 active volcanoes based on their destructive nature.
10. Mount Stromboli
Stromboli is one of the three most actives volcanoes in Italy. The volcano is constantly active for the past 2,000 years and is one of the eight volcanic arcs of northern Sicily. Stromboli is often refered to as the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” The volcano has been named Stromboli from the Ancient Greek Strongulē. It indicated to the large swelling form of the mountain. Stromboli was mentioned in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s The Book of the Dead. Ingrid Bergman starred in a 1950 film named Stromboli.
Whakaari or White Island is an active volcano, located in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. As per reports, Whakaari has been active over the past 150,000 years. One can find it continuously emitting smoke. The volcano was discovered by James Cook in 1769. Two towns – Whakatane and Tauranga – has cropped up in the area.
8. Mount Etna
Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano. Located in Sicily, Italy, the volcano is one of the three largest active volcanoes in the country and continues to emit smoke constantly. Across the slope of the mountain, the soil is extremely fertile giving rise to several vineyards and orchards. Back in 2013, Etna was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are several myths surrounding the mountain; one is where a monster Typhon was imprisoned by Zeus under mountain.
7. Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is one of the several volcanoes that form the Campanian volcanic arc. The volcano is responsible for the complete destruction of Roman cities like Herculaneum and Pompeii. Vesuvius emits ashes, volcanic gases, and stone. It is one of the most dangerous active volcanoes in the world.
Kīlauea is one of the five most active volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii. The volcanoes are 300,000 and 600,000 old. Kīlauea is the second youngest among the five volcanoes. It’s an active volcano and has a huge impact on the ecology of its surrounding areas. Mount Kīlauea’s biggest eruption occurred in 1823. Historically, Kīlauea is part of Hawaiian mythology and its sacred to the Hawaiian people.
5. Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano, located in north-western Costa Rica, Arenal, is one of the youngest active volcanoes in the world. The volcano is 7,500 years old. Arenal was dormant for a couple of years. The volcano has destroyed several towns and disrupted human lives. The volcano has been a subject of study for the seismologists for several years. Located right in the middle of the Arenal Volcano National Park, it’s a significant watershed for the Arenal Lake Reservoir.
4. Piton de la Fournaise
Located in the Réunion island of the Indian Ocean, Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano is one of the World Heritage sites. Its eruptions do not cause much devastation making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. However, after a massive 1998 eruption, access to the volcano was limited. The volcano is under constant monitoring and subjected to several studies.
Nisyros was formed 150,000 years ago. It’s located between the islands of Kos and Tilos in the Aegean Sea. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Nisyros has three eruptive stages. The volcanic Island of Nisyros is one of the most beautiful islands. It’s great for swimming and a perfect choice for a romantic getaway. The island offers pristine coasts, a beautiful mountain village, thermal springs, and amateur artists. It’s worth noting that the volcano has had four historical eruptions in 1871, 1873, 1996 and 1997.
2. Mount Aso
Mount Aso, in Japan, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano is one of the largest volcanoes on our planet. Situated on the island of Kyushu, the peak of Aso (summit of Mt. Taka) is 1,592 meters above sea level. Mt. Taka often emits smoke and sometimes erupts. Tourists can go up close to observe the volcano. It’s a beautiful place with horse riding facility and campsites built at the foot of the mountain.
1. Mount Batur
Situated on the island of Bali, Indonesia, two of Batur’s most historical eruptions occurred in 1804 and 2000. It’s worth noting that, Batur’s eruptions are very forceful. UNESCO made the volcano, a part of the Global Geopark Network. The locals living in the area depend largely on agriculture and tourism. Currently, the tourism industry is flourishing in the area.
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