10 Biggest Volcanoes in The World


Mountains are around everywhere and also volcanic mountains yet, some of these are still active in the lap of nature whereas some are calm. The term active may differ from different periods. Some may be just internally active with the hot magma whereas some blowing smoke out. But one thing is for sure, these magnificent gigantic beasts are amazing and wonderful to look at.

There are many active volcanoes that you can visit. Here we curated the list of the biggest volcano in the world. You can visit some of these volcanoes and some of them are not allowed to visit.

Biggest Volcanoes in The World

Here’s a list of top 10 biggest Volcanoes around the world:

1. Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Japan

Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Japan
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Mount fuji is recorded as one of the biggest volcanoes in the world. It has asymmetric cone covered in snow and is quite gigantic in appearance. It is one of the tallest peak in Japan with a total height of 3,766 meters in height. The mountain rests in Eurasia tectonic plate, near the Pacific Ocean coast in Yamanashi and Shizuoka of central Honshu. The mountain is also a pilgrimage site for ages and is considered as one of the 3 sacred mountains. The mountain became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2013.


2. Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines

Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines
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Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano located in the Philippines. This volcanic beast is also symmetric in appearance and is believed to be one of the most perfect in shape. With a circumference of 130 km, it rises to 2462 meters high. The lava from Mayon Volcano is proclastic in nature. Over the past few years, it has dangerous eruption due to which the nearby villages were evacuated in the year 2000, 2006, 2009, 2014, and 2018. The most harmful explosion was in the year 1814 when the whole Cagsawa town was buried.

3. Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA

Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA
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Mount Helen is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County in the USA. This volcanic mountain is a part of the cascade mountain range and is in total 8,366 feet tall. St Helens has had the most destructive and notorious record caused major damage on May 18, 1980, in the entire history of the US. 

4. Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico

Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico

The word Popocatépetl means, smoking mountain. And just like the name, this volcanic mountain is one of the most active gigantic mountains in Mexico. It stands on the northern American plate with a height of 5,426 meters tall. After almost 50 years of dormancy, the mountain became explosive in the year 1994. Popocatépetl is 70 km southeast to Mexico City and it can be seen depending upon the atmospheric changes.

5. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
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The Arenal Volcano mountain is one of the fiercest mountains that erupted in the recent year of 2010. It has a total height of 5,479 m heigh. This place is also recognized as one of the best tourist attractions in Costa Rica. The mountain stands on the Caribbean plate on the fertile northern lowlands. Arenal volcano has been very active from the past few years until it recently calmed down. The sights around the mountain are extremely beautiful to watch and explore. There are nearby other areas where you can hike, go fishing, or float in a river.


6. Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, East Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru
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Mount Bromo is one of the most daring spots to visit among the list of active volcanic spots. The Bromo mountain is surrounded by a sea of sand to avoid any harmful effects.  There is a frequent eruption from this spot and few of the recent ones were in 2010, 2012, and the other recently in 2015. Mount Semeru is also one of the active volcanoes yet it is taller and expels more smoke than mount Bromo.  Both the mountains stand on the Eurasian plate. Mount Bromo is 7641 feet tall and Mount Semeru is 12060 feet tall. 

7. Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania, South Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park
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Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa standing 19341 feet tall in Tanzania. It is also a great spot for hiking. The mountain is made of rhyolitic rock and is a dormant volcano in nature. The mountain is situated near the African plate boundary, Arabian plate boundary, and Indian plate boundary.  Over the past few years, Kilimanjaro has become one of the most important tourist attractions situated in  Kilimanjaro National Park.

8. Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy

Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Mount Etna is one of the tallest and most talked mountains of Europe. This particular mountain has so much significance from a historic perspective. Roman poet Virgil wrote in some of his poems that this place is a home for mythological god Hephaestus and a one-eyed monster Cyclops. The mountain stands 10,991 feet tall and rests on the subduction boundary on the Eurasian plate. This volcanic site is still believed to be active.

9. The Maelifell Volcano, Iceland

This volcanic mountain is unique. It is situated in Myrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland.it is all green covered with moss and is perfectly symmetrical. The mountain is believed to be sleeping as the last eruption occurred was 10000 years ago. This volcanic beast is located between the Eurasian Plate and the North American plate. It is an extinct stratovolcano. The mountain is made up of basaltic and picritic Maelifell rocks.

10. Mauna loa, Hawaii

Mauna loa, Hawaii
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Mauna Loa in Hawaii is indeed a fearsome and largest mountain in the list. It is believed to be an active volcano up to date and is one of the biggest ocean volcanoes on the island. In the past 170 years, geologists have observed the mountain to get violent nearly 33 times. The mountain is 13,677 feet above sea level and has a total height of 30,000 feet high.

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