The world has a number of active volcanoes which are still capable of erupting and putting millions of lives in danger even today. These volcanoes present hazards to people inhabiting the surrounding regions, which had to be evacuated when these have erupted.
Listed below are the top 10 most dangerous active volcanoes in the world:
10. Mauna Loa, Hawaii
Mauna Loa, which literally means “Long Mountain”, is one of the five volcanoes on the island of Hawaii and also the biggest on earth, on account of volume and surface area. The volcano last erupted in 1984 and caused a great deal of destruction in the surrounding area as its magma is relatively less viscous. The explosions here are non explosive, but in no way less dangerous.
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9. Santa Maria, Guatemala
Next among the most destructive active volcanoes in the world is Santa Maria in Guatemala, which lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire. The most recent eruption here took place in March 2011, while the heavy eruption of 1902 is still remembered for the extensive damage caused by it. it is believed to be among the four biggest eruptions of the 20th century.
8. Mount Merapi, Indonesia
Located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano has erupted a number of times since 1548, till the most recent one in 2006 killed nearly 130 people, besides rendering nearly 300000 of them homeless.
7. Galeras, Colombia
Galeras is another famous active volcano, which is situated in Columbia, near the border of Ecuador and lies at an altitude of 4726 m. The first eruption was recorded here in 1580. A dangerous eruption in 1993 took toll of nine lives, of people who were there to collect volcanic samples. The most recent eruption was recorded in January 2010.
6. Taal Volcano, Philippines
Taal Volcano is an active volcano on the island of Luzon in Philippines, which lies in the middle of Lake Taal. The lake itself was once a volcano and has witnessed a number of explosions till date, claiming thousands of lives. The last one was seen in 1977. The place remains a tourist attraction, though tourists have recently been warned about it on account of showing signs of an impending explosion.