The World’s Coolest Pictures Of Volcano Eruptions

Published January 21, 2014
Updated January 12, 2018

Flowing lava, spewing ash and transforming the landscape, volcanos are simultaneously terrifying and endlessly fascinating.

On Earth, volcanoes are usually located in places where tectonic plates converge and diverge. More than 75% of the world’s volcanoes are considered active, meaning that they’ve erupted within the last 10,000 years. Read on to check out our compilation of the world’s coolest volcanic eruptions.

Volcano Eruptions

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Volcano Eruptions Lava Flowing

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Kilauea Volcano

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The world’s most active volcanoes are located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 25,000 mile, horseshoe-shaped area in the Pacific ocean. Here, there is a continuous stream of volcanic arcs and belts, oceanic trenches and other tectonic plate movement.

Flowing Lava

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There are many different types of volcanoes, their structure and behavior depending on a number of important factors.

For instance, fissure vents are flat cracks where lava bubbles out, while subglacial volcanoes develop under icecaps, and mud volcanoes are created by geo-excreted liquids and gases. Each type of volcano releases different material from lava and ash to steam and rocky debris.

Volcano Eruptions Chile

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Volcano Eruptions Active Kilauea

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Active Volcano Eruption

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.