Top 10 world’s most dangerous volcanoes

Volcanoes are disasters waiting to happen. When they erupt, they can be among the most destructive forces on Earth. Some are more dangerous than others, mostly because they are located close to heavily populated areas. Scientists are watching these carefully … stay tuned! We are going to compile a list of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.

Most dangerous volcanoes of the world

10. Mauna Loa (Hawaii – Apri 15, 1984)

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One of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes. Eruptions can be huge and produce fast flowing rivers of lava. The area affected by this dangerous volcano is about 5,271 square Km. The nearest city from the origin of the volcano was Hillo. 

9. Taal Volcano (Philippines –  1977)

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Taal is watched closely due to its location near the nation’s capital city of Manila, home to more than 1.6 million people. If we discuss its eruptions no doubt it is the most dangerous volcanoes of the world.

8. Ulawun (Papua New Guinea – 2013)


Structural collapse of this volcano would cause an eruption that could devastate a huge area of land.

7. MT. Nyiragongo (Democratic Republic of Congo – 2016)

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Nyiragongo has a large, active lava lake. The lava runs like water when the lake drains, threatening anything in its path. 

6. MT. Merapi (Indonesia – May 11, 2018)

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Hundreds of villages are located less than 8 km away from this potential disaster. The last eruption of this dangerous volcano was seen on May 11, 2018.

5. Galeras (Colombia – 1988)


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The city of Pasto, home to 450,000 people, is located on the eastern slope of Galeras. In 1580, The first eruption of Galeras was seen. The last eruption was recorded in 2010.

4. Sakurajima (Japan – 1914)


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Sakurajimaone of the most dangerous volcanoes is in constant activity, erupting every 4 to 24 hours. It frequently deposits ash on the nearby city of Kagoshima.

3. Popocatepetl (Mexico – 2004)


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One of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes, an eruption would threaten up to 9 million people who live nearby.

2. MT. Vesuvius (Italy – 79 AD)


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Vesuvius presents a major danger to the nearby densely populated city of Naples. Vesuvius is most famous for its eruption in 79 AD, when a huge column of ash rose high into the sky, completely destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1. Yellowstone Supervolcano ( National Park, USA )

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The supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park is considered the most dangerous because of the sheer destruction it would cause if it were to erupt. An explosion would wipe out the entire western USA, killing an estimated 87,000 people instantly. The ash would affect the health of people throughout the world for years to come. So, we ranked it as No.1 in our list of top 10 world’s most dangerous volcanoes.


Old Faithful

One of the largest geysers (hot springs that erupt at regular intervals) in Yellowstone. It can reach heights of 56 meters.

Amazing Colors

An aerial view of Grand Prismatic Spring in the caldera (Volcanic crater) in Yellowstone reveals beautiful colors.

Inside the Caldera

Below the earth’s surface, magma (molten rock) rises from a hotspot. Because the Earth’s crust is quite thick, the magma continues to build up underground in the magma chamber.

Geysers: The volcano is located in Yellowstone National park, Wyoming, USA.

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