6 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes in the World

6 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes in the World


As you probably already know, volcano eruptions happen due to hot magma emerging out of the earth’s crust and being forcefully pushed through the vents. Volcanoes, as well as their eruptions look magnificent and powerful, but are very dangerous, too. However, that doesn’t stop people from being fascinated by these nature’s wonders, as some like to call it, which have so much power that can bring horrible disasters on the surrounding areas.

Read on to find out which the world’s most dangerous active volcanoes are.

1. Yellowstone Caldera, U.S.A.

This volcano has been a tourist attraction people from all around the world come to see. The park is amazingly beautiful, but the volcano is extremely dangerous and can potentially be the end of the community around it. This volcano has very big eruptions, and it was even called a super volcano because of its power and the size of its eruptions. Yellowstone Caldera volcano isn’t much like regular volcanoes that are mountain-shaped, but it forms a caldera-formation left from the previous eruptions. Yellowstone’s eruption could potentially be so big that it would have the power to kill 87 thousand people instantly.

2. Mauna Loa, Hawaii

Mauna Loa is the world’s largest volcano and it has erupted very often for the last 700,000 years. It hasn’t erupted since 1984, but its lava regularly flows through the communities around it, which can be very dangerous if the speed of flowing increases. At this pace, the lava isn’t causing any significant damage.  Mauna Loa’s flanks could cause landslides which could lead to earthquakes and tsunamis, so the eruptions themselves aren’t the biggest hazard this volcano poses to the people living near it.


3. Sakurajima, Japan

Sakurajima volcano was once an island on its own, but due to the eruption from 1914 it became linked to the mainland. It is still an active and extremely dangerous volcano. Recently it hasn’t had any major eruptions, but small ones that happen every year are almost equally dangerous as they put the lives and health of the Kagoshima residents at huge risk. Luckily, this city has opened shelters for those people who need a place to get away from falling debris.

4. Popocatépetl, Mexico

Popocatépetl is a very large volcano located very close to Mexico City. This volcano has had over 20 eruptions since 1591, but that hasn’t stopped people from living near it, and currently there are nine million people living in the close area that could be in danger if the volcano had an eruption. The last eruption was fifteen years ago and it caused a catastrophe, but luckily 41 thousand people managed to evacuate from the hazardous area.

5. Vesuvius, Italy

This is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It hasn’t had an eruption for 70 years now, but its usual eruption cycle had been repeating every two decades. Even though it hasn’t erupted for a long time now, it is still considered a very dangerous active volcano which could easily end the lives of the 3 million people living close to it. Mt. Vesuvius became famous for the massive eruption in 79 AD when it caused the burying of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

6. Ulawun, Papua New Guinea

Since the 1700s, this volcano has had 22 eruptions. Ulawun is among the most active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, and recently it has had many small explosions and it has been scattering ach and lava around the areas near it. This volcano is extremely powerful and its eruption could destroy several hundreds of square meters of land surrounding it.