Top 10 Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Volcanoes can cause damage, death and much more. Which volcano do you think is one of the most dangerous?

The Top Ten

1 Yellowstone Super Volcano

It's eruption period is usually every 600k - 700k years. It last erupted 640k years ago with a deadly VEI of 8. It's also been frightening people as data shows Yellowstone becoming significantly more active. - CobaltCards

2 Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is certainly over-due for an eruption. If Mount Rainier erupts again, it would most likely be more catastrophic due to larger amounts of glacier on the volcano. Also, more people live near the volcano which is even more alarming. - CobaltCards

3 Sakurajima Volcano

This volcano erupts non-stop with decently-powerful eruptions. This volcano poses a threat against Japan. - CobaltCards

4 Kilauea

It's been erupting for over a month now. - IcetailofWishClan

Kilauea has been known to be the most active volcano in the world. Activity has started in 1983 and erupts non-stop. Because of how much lava it pours, the amount of land added to Hawaii every day can be up to 500,000 cubic meters. - CobaltCards

It's 33-year pattern of continuous lava flow makes it among the least, not most, dangerous volcanoes, in terms of catastrophic eruption.

5 Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in Washington. Small eruptions occurred during the 21st century. This volcano is best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1980. It killed 57 people and destroyed forests around the volcano. This volcano neighbors a more dangerous volcano that was previously listed, Mount Rainier. - CobaltCards

6 Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano has been very active in the 20th century and can erupt anytime soon. The eruptions were fairly large. Cinder cones such as Binintiang Malaki formed all over the island. - CobaltCards

7 Lake Toba

It is a lake

Known for having massive eruptions on a similiar scale to Yellowstone, Lake Toba deserves a spot on this list. While it's nowhere likely to erupt in our lifetimes, it may erupt in a few thousand years. Last time it erupted, a minor ice age occurred. It killed many of the life on Earth. - CobaltCards

This volcano has had eruptions much larger than ANYTHING Yellowstone has ever done. It deserves the top spot.

8 Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa is much bigger than its neighboring volcano, Kilauea. While it isn't anywhere near as active as Kilauea, it's eruptions are much more massive than Kilauea if you compare both of their eruptions in a small time scale. - CobaltCards

9 Mount Tambora

Known for producing a catastrophic VEI 7 eruption. - CobaltCards

10 Krakatoa

It built up pressure and EXPLODED itself out of existince

In August 1883, the explosion of this volcano produced the loudest sound in history. It was so loud, it was heard as far away as Perth, Australia, whose residents reported to hear what they thought to be gunshots. - railfan99

Killed 36417 people - riki1234

The Contenders

11 Newberry Caldera

It has produced multiple major eruptions in the past thousands of years and is potentially active, endangering Oregon. - CobaltCards

12 Mount Pelee
13 Mount Etna
14 Mount Pinatubo
15 Mount Paektu
16 Volcán de Fuego
17 The Siberian Traps

Eliminated 95% of all life on Earth in a two million year long eruption.(Extinct)

18 Mount Vesuvius

Located in the Bay of Naples, Italy, Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe. It is also one of the most famous, with an explosive reputation. It's eruption in AD79 famously destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, & Stabiae under pyroclastic flow, lahar & ashfall. This volcano has since erupted at least 22 times since then, most recently in 1944 during world war 2. All were deadly, explosive eruptions.

What makes this volcano so dangerous today is that the area surrounding it is now home to over 3 million people - some of which have built homes on the slopes of the volcano itself. Geologists, & the Italian government, know Vesuvius will erupt again - they just don't know when.

Famous for burying the rather infamous eruption of AD79 which buried the Roman cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum, it has erupted several times since then - most recently in 1944. The area around the volcano is home to millions of people, some of whom built houses up the slopes of Vesuvius itself - despite knowing it will erupt again. It's reputation of explosive activity, coupled with such a high population living within the danger zone, is a recipe for catastrophe

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1. Yellowstone Super Volcano
2. Mount Rainier
3. Sakurajima Volcano


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