Flowing lava, spewing ash and transforming the landscape, volcanos are simultaneously terrifying and endlessly fascinating. On Earth, volcanos are usually located in places where tectonic plates converge and diverge. More than 75% of the world’s volcanoes are considered active, meaning that they’ve erupted within the last 10,000 years. Read on to check out our compilation of the world’s coolest volcanic eruptions.
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Nestled in the east Andes of Ecuador, records hold that the Reventador volcano has erupted a mere 25 times since 1541. With that said, however, the largest eruption (featured above) took place in 2002, where the stratovolcanic plume extended an astounding 10 miles high into the air.
The volcano has inspired legend for centuries, and for good reason. In 2011, the majestic Icelandic menace known as Grimsvotn volcano erupted and caused quite the ruckus for European fliers for the weeks to come, all the while reminding us how incredibly small we really are.
Found within the Philippine Sea and formed by volcanic deposits, the history of human settlement on the Japanese island is uncertain but the veracity of its incredible appearance is not.
Known by many as a prime destination for hiking, Iceland’s Landmannalaugar is still somewhat dangerous as it’s found near the Hekla volcano.
Located in the Cordillera Oriental of Ecuador, the Tungurahua Volcano gets its name from the combination of the Quichua tunguri (throat) and rahua (fire) meaning “Throat of Fire”.