Volcanoes are some of the most powerful and destructive features of our planet. Responsible for both the creation of fertile lands and in some ways, its destruction. While some haven’t erupted in a while, others are long overdue. Either way, the bravest adventurers in the world aren’t fazed by the possibility of drowning in lava. These are the 25 most terrifying volcanoes on Earth.
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Found in Alaska, this remote volcano offers the occasional adventurer a rare 2,000 meter (6,000 ft) perfectly straight ski run.
The second highest peak in Ecuador is also home to one of the only equatorial glaciers on Earth.
Piton de la Fournaise (Reunion)
This tiny french speaking island in the Indian Ocean is home to one of Earth’s most violent volcanoes.
Maelifell Volcano (Iceland)
Found on a glacier, this volcano’s green surface sticks out like a sore thumb
Soufrière Hills Volcano (Monteserrat)
Since the eruption of this volcano in July 1995 more than half of this Caribbean island’s population has left.
Mount St. Helens (USA)
Responsible for the most destructive volcanic eruption in US history, before 1980 it was known as the Mount Fuji of America due to its nice conical shape. After the blast though, half the mountain was blown away.
Mount Ruapehu (New Zealand)
In spite of being active this volcano hosts two ski resorts and also served as a location for filming The Lord of the Rings.
Volcán Popocatépetl (Mexico)
One of three mountains in Mexico with glaciers on its peak, this volcano woke back up in 1990 after several decades of inactivity.
Katla, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland)
Known as the Angry Sisters, when Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010 it sent plumes of smoke as far as western Europe.
Its eruption in 1883 is still one of the most violent in recorded history at about 13,000 times the power of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Galeras Volcano (Colombia)
As recently as 1993 this volcano erupted killing several curious scientists and tourists.
Mount Bromo (Indonesia)
Constantly spewing white smoke, this volcano is one of the most visited spots on the island of Java.
Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
A major destination for mountaineers and adventurers, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak.
Mayon Volcano (Philippines)
Sometimes called the “Perfect Cone” due to its shape it has very steep sides and is considered highly active
Yellowstone Caldera (USA)
Below the natural beauty of Yellowstone Park lies a volcano powerful enough to destroy nearly every trace of life in North America.
Mount Fuji (Japan)
As the highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fugi draws nearly 200,000 climbers every year.
As one of the volcanoes responsible for the creation of Hawaii, it should comes as no surprise that it is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.
Mount Vesuvius (Italy)
Famous for its eruption in AD 79 that led to destruction of Pompeii, to this day it is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth due to the fact that 3 million people live around its base.
Mauna Loa (USA)
Although Ojos de Salada is the highest volcano on Earth in terms of height above sea level, this Hawaiian volcano has often been considered the largest volcano in terms of mass and volume.
Osorno Volcano (Chile)
Known for its similar appearance to Mount Fuji, this volcano is one of the most active in the Chilean Andes.
Mount Etna (Italy)
The second largest active volcano in Europe, its fertile soil provides plenty of opportunities for agriculture and farming.
Ojos del Salada (Argentina/Chile)
The world’s highest volcano can be found in the Andes sitting right on the borde of Chile and Argentina.
Stromboli Volcano (Italy)
Sometimes called the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean this volcano has been erupting pretty much non-stop for the past 2,000 years.
Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica)
The country’s most active volcano overlooks a lake and can appear quite serene at first glance. Do not be fooled.
Mount Yasur (Vanuatu)
One of the most easily accessible live volcanoes in the world, it is said that the glow from this volcano attracted the early European explorers to the island.