This page provides links to some sites which feature famous volcanoes around the world.
If you want a link to every volcano on the planet you should go to the Volcano World site
or the Michigan Technological University Volcanoes Page:
Italy is regarded as 'The Cradle of Volcanology', not because it has more volcanoes, but because people have been living in the area for several thousand years and have recorded their observations. They even recorded the Taupo eruption in 187AD which occurred on the other side of the world to them, noting the different colour of the sunsets they were experiencing. Check out the following sites:
For a general introduction to Italy's volcanoes see:
Check out the latest eruptions on Mount Etna:'
for video clips of Etna and some great images of steam rings see Stomboli On-line:
Stromboli On-line includes a wide range of images, videos, and information, as well as a virtual field trip and a competition for students.
Pinatubo, The Philippines
One family's website detailing their experiences in photos as Pinatubo erupts. A great personal account of what happens when you are caught up in a disaster.
Mount St. Helens, Washington State, United States
A slideshow of images of Mount St. Helens starting pre-eruption and moving through to rehabilitation.
Hawaii has built a whole tourist industry on the area's volcanic activity. However lava flows from the active Kilauea volcano have also destroyed 181 homes, the National Park visitor centre and a 700 year-old Hawaiian temple
Krakatau, South East Asia
36, 000 thousand people killed, a sound that could be heard over 4,500 kilometres away, and deposits of red-hot ash up to 30 metres thick. Remnants of the giant tsunamis were measured on the other side of the world.
Mount Erebus, Antarctica
New Zealanders remember Erebus as the site of the country's worst air disaster. You can find out more about the most southerly active volcano at:
Mexico's most famous volcano
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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