10 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes in the World

Cumbre Vieja Volcanic Ridge, Canary Island

The Cumbre Vieja (Old Summit in Spanish) volcanic ridge is the “backbone” of La Palma Island. Its last eruption took place on September 15, 2021 

Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador

Towering 5,911 meters above sea level, this is one of the highest volcanoes in the world. The most devastating recorded recent eruptions took place in 1744, 1768, 1877, and 1904.   

Mauna Loa, Hawaii, USA

With an elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level and 5,000 meters submerged below the water, this is the biggest of the active volcanoes in the world.

The Aira Caldera, Japan

The Aira Caldera was formed following a series of eruptions some 25,000 years ago. Researchers believe that this was also the site of some previous super-eruptions. 

Campi Flegrei, Italy

We have all heard of the massive eruption of the active volcano Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which fully destroyed the ancient city of Pompey in 79 AD. 

Long Valley, California, USA

The 16-by-23-kilometer Long Valley Caldera sits on the central Sierra Nevada Range.   

Mount Tambora, Indonesia

The Mount Tambora volcano has produced the most violent eruptions in recorded human history. 

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Lake Taupo fills the caldera of one of the largest active supervolcanoes.  

Yellowstone super-volcano, USA

This is one of the most popular active volcanoes in the world. 

Mount Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

The Toba volcano is the one with the biggest recorded eruption on our planet during humanity’s existence.