The Three Most Active Volcanoes in the World

These volcanoes are the most active volcanoes that have been erupting constantly for thousands of years. The centre of our planet has been exploding through our Earth’s crust many times an hour for the last few centuries, these volcanoes have been taking the worst of it.

Mt. Etna

Mount Etna is one of the worlds most active volcanoes, it has been erupting for over 2000 years. Over these years it has been given a multitude of names including the Mountain Of Fire or the Home of the Cyclops. This volcano has put there fear in men down through the ages. It is located in Sicily in Italy and is the largest mountain in Italy. Underneath the surface of this mountain, there is the middle of the Earth just bursting to get out. On the surface there are cracks and vent holes and caves to release pressure. But what struck the fear in the men down through the ages is that when it does erupt it could blow a hole anywhere in the mountain, putting settlers at risk.

Mt Etna has killed thousands of people down through the years because of its instability. Its volcanic soil is rich in minerals that lined the mountainsides, this made great agricultural grounds for wine and olives. It also has a forest that runs down the side of its slopes, which is filled with wildlife such as Foxes, Squirrels, Porcupine, Hedgehogs, Turtles, Owls, Frogs, Toads, Snakes, Falcons, Lizards, Weasels and some Wild Cats. Through the ages this area was highly populated because of its Earthly Goodness. What people thought through the years was that the volcano is up there and it is erupting, so we are safe here. Most of the time they were right but some of the time they were not so lucky.

Mount Etna stands 3350 meters high on average, after every eruption it may differ slightly. It is the largest active volcano in all of Europe having a diameter of 1,190 km2. Mount Etna started off as an under water volcano off the coast of Sicily over a half a million years ago. As it erupted and cooled down fast by the sea it started to grow in height, forming the strength for a base of an Island. Over the millions of years it joined up with the main land and continued to grow. It has collapsed on numerous occasions causing huge landslides that can cause devastating tsunami’s. You can see such evidence of these collapses on Mt Etna’s hillsides today.

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  1. Eunice Tan Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Informative article. Eruption is great disaster to be anticipated.


  2. Daisy Peasblossom Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

    What a great reminder that the earth is alive and still reforming itself constantly.


  3. lindalulu Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Great article Steven, there is a mountain in Alaska that shot ash out three times this week. Wondering if the Gods will wake up soon and not only shoot out ash but lava.


  4. Kate Smedley Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 4:21 am

    The power of nature! This is a great article, really enjoyed it, thank you.


  5. rutherfranc Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    another trivia learned.. your exploding with ideas XO..


  6. DA Cournean Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Amazing. So glad I don’t live around them!! Great pictures too.


  7. Jilli Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Nature is the most powerful force known to man and this proves just how insignificant man really is against such power.


  8. Art Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Maps would be nice


  9. Katien Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Very informative. It would be easy to imagine that the Earth is angry.


  10. Michelle Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    They’re quite the spectacle, aren’t they! wouldnt want to be near one when it goes off, but its a visual feast from afar. Great work Steve!


  11. Westbrook Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Very good information on volcanos.


  12. elaginn Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 12:13 am

    informative and interesting!
    thanks for the great article!


  13. Luffy12 Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Great pics


  14. S M Blomker Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Isn’t nature a wonder how something can be so interesting and yet so dangerous, its pretty cool.


  15. CutestPrincess Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 1:34 am

    aww.. scary volcano, especially the last one!


  16. Jo Oliver Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    These are some great pics. The first one really shows the power of nature. Thx for the info on each of the volcanoes. I would hate to know that I lived near any of them….esp since they are active.


  17. ML Sheldon Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Fascinating article.

    I climbed Taal Volcano when I was in the Philippines, but I’m sure that it was nothing in comparison to the volcanoes that you described!


  18. Rupali Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Amazing Nature!!! Nice Information on volcanoes with awesome photos…


  19. Frostbite Says...

    On April 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Man now i feel helpless against nature and its sheer force could tear me from limb to limb, but God created it for a reason that is to good for us to know yet. I hope i don’t die. But good imformation! ;)


  20. Jo Oliver Says...

    On April 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I hate myself


  21. Mss Saleh Says...

    On April 27, 2009 at 6:06 am

    this is show how angry god is. so pplz start short ur selfs out…….. fnx for leting pplz know what’s going on in the would


  22. joanna Says...

    On May 5, 2009 at 1:05 am

    i want to see a big real pitcher of a gigantic volcano.


  23. Mike krumwiede Says...

    On September 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    If you think these volcanos are spectaculur wait until yelowstone finally eupts. This one is the bigest and most dangerous of all super volcanos just waiting to eupt. And when it does the disaster that it will create will make the extinion of the dinasours lok lke a comic book , there will be world wide disasters that is totally unbelievable God help us all when that super volcano erupts
    Michael K


  24. Piyush Shah Says...

    On December 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    It’s amazing!


  25. Ruby Says...

    On December 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for this informative article.


  26. Stephs Says...

    On January 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! So wonderful wat nature can do……. So destuctive but stil gives life!!!!


  27. coochie lips:) Says...

    On January 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    this is so cute girl!!!!!!!!!! fo sho niggy :) )))


  28. Tab Says...

    On January 26, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Arrgh.. Im so confused.. They say Mount Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.. But what about these three volcanoes?


  29. Excel Leigh Says...

    On January 31, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    the scariest one is the first one………


  30. Lata Sunder Says...

    On March 13, 2010 at 4:38 am

    though i used to see about volcanoes in discovery or nat geo channel..but still this article is very nice with great pics.


  31. carol Says...

    On March 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    great info and pictures….needed something concise to teach my kid about Active Volcanoes. Thanks you


  32. caca Says...

    On April 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    this is gay information


  33. Endalew Says...

    On April 28, 2010 at 3:51 am

    What a nice information about volcanoes!


  34. fishy Says...

    On April 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

    okay lets get this straight..i dnt like volcanoess kayy kayy byee.[:


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    On April 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

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  37. Might Mouse Says...

    On September 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

    i did not like the wed site because it did not answer my question, why did it erupted


  38. Lauren Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

    In a word: WOW :)


  39. Rienna Says...

    On September 28, 2010 at 3:41 am

    wow..so amazing!!its great!!


  40. bob Says...

    On November 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    awesome pics


  41. bill Says...

    On December 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I think that these pics are awesome


  42. Spike Says...

    On January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I like volcanoes a lot! these are really good pics! ill be on the lookout for more of this good info


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