Top 10 Most Dangerous Volcanic Eruptions

Nature has its own ways of causing destruction on the face of earth. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions are some of those ways. Volcanic mountains are found in different parts of the world and have demonstrated nature’s extreme power countless times in the history of this world. Melted rocks (generally known as lava) erupt from a mountain as a result of a volcanic eruption. The temperature of lava can be as high as a couple of thousand degrees centigrade. Keeping this fact in mind, it is easy to understand how deadly a volcanic eruption can prove.


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    Laki is huge volcano located in Iceland. Last time, it erupted in 1783 and caused the death of about 50 percent of livestock population in the country at that time. The famine that followed after the eruption of Laki caused the about 25% human population.

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    Mount Vesuvius:

    Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 devastating the town of Pompeii and nearby villages. Most recent eruption of the volcano occurred in 1944, causing the destruction of several nearby villages.

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    Tambora is an active volcano located in Indonesia. World’s stratosphere saw a great change when this volcano erupted for a number of times between April and June 1815.

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    Krakatoa is a volcanic island located in Indonesia. Last time this volcano erupted in August 1883 and the explosions were heard as far as Perth, Australia.

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    Mount Pelee:

    Mount Pelee’s most recent eruption took place in 1902, causing the death of more than 30,000 people. Saint Pierre, a city which was located below Mount Pelee was completely destroyed and only two people managed to survive.

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    Ruiz is an active volcano located in Colombia. When it erupted in 1985, more than 23,000 people lost their lives.

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    Located in the Kyushu region of Japan, Mount Unzen is an active volcano. Most recent eruption of Mount Unzen took place in 1792 causing the death of over 15,000 people.

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    Kelut erupted only a few years ago; in 2008 killing about 5000 people in nearby settlements.

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    Papandayan is located in Java, an Indonesian Island. It grumbled most recently in 2002 and is considered to be a very dangerous volcano.

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    Mount Lamington:

    Located in Papua New Guinea, Mount Lamington is 1,680 meter-high volcano. It grumbled most recently in 1951 and became the cause of about 3000 deaths. The series of eruptions affected areas within 10 miles of the volcano.

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