Volcanoes are some of the most beautiful things that Mother Nature has ever created. Their shape, size, and vastness are some of the qualities that have made people continuously marvel at their beauty and greatness.

They, however, are considered to be the most dangerous things on the planet. They can keep quiet for hundreds of years, but when it’s time for them to burst, all hell will break loose. Houses will fall, surrounding areas will be covered in ash, cities will be wiped out, and many people will die when even just one active volcano decides on erupting. The following are some the most active volcanoes in the world:

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

This volcano’s quality is as difficult as its pronunciation. This Icelandic ice cap has been dormant for 200 years before it decided to show the whole world its power of completely wiping out huge parts of land. Its most recent eruption happened last year, so people living in areas close to it are still pretty much trembling over the fact that it might strike again soon. The 2010 eruption has caused cancelled flights for a week in affected areas, and as a result, millions of people got stuck in airports. It was announced last year that the eruptions have stopped, and the worst is over. However, people still make sure that they’re always vigilant, for one can never be too careful.

Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines

This stratovolcano located in Luzon, Philippines had its worst eruption in 1991, when it caused one of the most devastating eruptions ever. This has been recorded as the largest volcanic eruption since 1912. It brought about great devastation not just to the Philippines, but to the world—billions of pesos worth of property went down the drain, nearly 400 communities were affected, and more than 800 people were killed. This volcano has had records of activity in 1992-1995 and 1996 and 2002.

Mount St Helens, United States

Located at Skamania Country, Washington, this volcano had its worst and deadliest eruption in the 1980s, destroying millions of dollars’ worth of property and resources. The eruption killed nearly 60 people, about 7,000 animals, and damaged over 200 homes.

Chaiten, Chile

This ice-capped volcano began wreaking havoc in 2008, when it caused huge pyroclastic flows, ash, and lahars that also affected some neighboring countries.  This is considered a rare event, because the last rhyolite magma eruption happened in 1912. Needless to say, people were shocked and devastated at the surprise that it exhibited.

Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

This stratovolcano has erupted for about 34 times since 1882, with lave speeding up to 60 mph. It is located at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An active lava lake was spewed out around 1894 and 1977 and killed at least 70 people. This is one of the scariest lava flows to ever happen—red lava lakes flowing in the crater and destroying homes and devastating villages. With the earthquakes that happen with the eruption, many buildings and properties were also destroyed.

 

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