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5 Most Catastrphoic Volcanoes

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  • Mount Tambora

    Mount Tambora
    Sumatra, Indonesia
    Mount Tambora's 1815 was one of the most deadly of historical times - an estimated 50 000 - 90 000 people were killed and lingering clouds of ash led to global cooling and summerless years around the world. Tambora is still active and now stands at a height of 2 800 metres
  • Krakatau - Indonesia

    Krakatau - Indonesia
    Krakatau is a volcanic island between Java and Sumatra. It's eruption in 1883 was one of history's most catastrophic. The explosions could be heard as far away as Sri Lanka and the Philippines and ash fell over and area of 800 000 sq km. A tsunami resulting from the volcanic shockwaves was 36 metres high and killed approximately 36 000 on neighbouring islands. Krakatau remains active, with its last major eruption in 1927.
  • Mount Vesuvius

    Mount Vesuvius
    Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano towering menacingly above the Italian town of Napoli and its population of 2 million people. Its height has varied between 1 100 - 1300 metres over the last century. Vesuvius' most famous eruption occurred in 79 AD when the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed and 3 000 people killed. The last major eruption was in 1944. Another is expected soon.
  • Mount Mazama

    Mount Mazama
    Oregon, USA
    Mount Mazama's most catastrophic eruption occurred around 4860 BC. The eruption is estimated to have been as much as 42 times more powerful than that of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The force of the eruption took off more than a kilometre of the top of the once 11 000 foot high mountain. The resulting crater has become Oregon's famous Crater Lake.
  • Mount Etna

    Mount Etna
    Sicily, Italy
    Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. Its elevation is more than 3 200 metres and it's base has a circumference of 150 kilometres. Etna's most violent eruption was in 1669, during which lava flows destroyed villages around its base and submerged part of the town of Catania. Recent eruptions prompted the Italian government to declare a state of emergency in 2001