Whether spontaneous eruptions or constant brooding, these are the cities with the most fearsome volcanoes in the world.
The inhabitants of these towns and cities are used to active, predictable volcanoes. Not many adventurers want to visit these towns though.
1. Sakurajima, Japan
A 1914 eruption connected what was once the Island of Sakurajima to mainland Japan by a lava flow. Thousands of small explosions spout from the top of Sakurajima annually, dousing the area in ash and serving as a near-constant reminder for the 700,000 residents of Kagoshima, just miles from the volcano, of the power resting within one of Asia’s most serious volcanic threats.
2. Grímsvötn, Iceland
When it comes to volcanic activity in Iceland, there are plenty of options like Katla, Hekla and Baroarbunga. However, scientist warn that if Grímsvötn, or any of the other glacial volcanoes, erupt at full force, it could change the face of Iceland as we know it.
3. Mount Vesuvius, Italy
Ever heard of the great disaster of Pompeii? Vesuvius did that in 79 AD when it buried the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. It has an average cycle of eruption every 20 years but it hasn’t erupted since 1944. This means that the volcano is due for a blast.
4. Colima, Mexico
About 300 miles from Mexico City, increased activity in 2016 prompted a widening of an off-limits area around Colima. The more famous Popocatepetl volcano about 35 miles from Mexico City gets all the attention due to roughly nine million people living within the blast radius, Colima could potentially poses a more present danger as one of the most currently active volcanoes in North America.
5. Mauna Loa, Hawaii
At 13,677 feet above sea level, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, located on the lava-filled big island, stands as the world’s largest active volcano. In the last 200 years, it has erupted 33 times.