Between 10 and 20 volcanoes are erupting somewhere on Earth every day.
The word “volcano” originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.
The southernmost active volcano on Earth is in Antarctica. It spews crystals and is very close to the U.S. Research Center.
There’s a volcano in Indonesia that spews blue flames.
On April 1, 1974, black smoke was seen rising from Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano in Alaska. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words “APRIL FOOL” spray painted into the snow.
In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
The Japanese authorities constructed a fence around a volcano at Mount Mihara to stop a trend of over 2000 people committing suicide by jumping in.
The eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia is believed to be the reason why the sky is red in Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream”, set in Norway.
In 1943, a fissure opened in a farmer’s cornfield in Mexico, growing into a five story tall volcano in only a week and up to 1,100 feet after a year.
No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy: the peninsula stands on a fault line.
In 1986, a volcanic lake in Cameroon, Africa burped a C02 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people in minutes.
80% of volcanic eruptions happen underwater.
Some volcano eruptions are capable of creating powerful electrical charges that can lead to bolts of lightning as large as two miles long.
The volcanic system beneath Yellowstone holds enough lava to fill 11 Grand Canyons.
There are about 1,500 active volcanoes in the world.
Venus has more volcanoes than any other planet in the solar system, with over 1600.