There is something about active volcanoes that make them incredibly scary to be around, maybe the fact that they could erupt at any minute and destroy thousands of lives in a matter of hours. What’s even scarier is the fact that nobody really knows for certain when will they erupt next, although big efforts are put into the study of volcanoes in the hope that we will one day understand them better.
Throughout history, active volcanoes have been viewed as physical representations of angry gods by ancient civilizations who sometimes suffered massive losses of life and material wealth whenever they erupted. We nowadays know a lot more about the nature of volcanoes and what to expect of them, yet they are still quite scary to be around of. In case you were wondering, these are the ten most dangerous active volcanoes on Earth at this point in time.
10Mauna Loa – Hawaii
In terms of sheer size and volume, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the world. It is one of the five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii and has a volume of around 18,000 cubic miles despite being 37 meters shorter than its four neighbors. Interestingly enough, Mauna Loa has been erupting for the past 700,000 years, although its most recent eruption occurred on March 24, 1984 and lasted more than three weeks.