Central Java’s Mount Merapi continues to erupt, and to the casual observer, it may seem to be in a remote part of the world. But Merapi has been identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as one of the few volcanoes around the world that poses a serious risk to human populations.  The IAVEI also has named 15 other volcanoes as part of the group of known as the Decade Volcanoes.  These volcanoes, recognized for in-depth study because of their history of destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas, are part of a project called the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction 1990-2000. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of the dangers these volcanoes present.

Some of the names are familiar, but all of the lava and ash producers below are active and dangerous.

Volcano Name and Location

Last Erupted (per Wikipedia)

Avachinsky-Koryaksky, Kamchatka, Russia

2001

Colima, Guadalajara, Mexico

2010

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

2010

Galeras, Nariño, Colombia

2010

Mauna Loa, Hawaii, USA

1984

Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo

2010

Mount Rainier, Seattle, Washington, USA

1894

Sakurajima, Kagoshima, Japan 

2010

Santa Maria/Santiaguito, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

2010

Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

1950

Taal Volcano, Luzon, Philippines

1977

Teide, Canary Islands

1909

Ulawun, New Britain, Papua New Guinea

2010

Mount Unzen, Nagasaki, Japan 

1996

Vesuvius, Naples, Italy

1944

 
Findings from the Decade Volcano project have helped predict volcanic events and lessen the impact of disasters. Keep this list handy if want to avoid — or witness from a safe distance — a live volcano.

 

 

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About The Author

Christie Erdman, a guest contributor to the Healthy Travel blog, is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in Economics and Marketing. She enjoys traveling, and had the opportunity to spend a semester studying at Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy during her junior year.

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