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The Country with the Most Active Volcanoes in the World

W:Mount Merapi in w:Central Java taken from the south. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

There have most likely been millions of active volcanoes throughout the earth’s history. Over the last 10,000 years, around 1500 volcanoes on land have been known to have been active, whereas the number of undersea volcanoes is unknown. There are approximately 20 volcanoes erupting at any given time. A volcano that has erupted at least once in the last 10,000 years is known as an active volcano. It’s possible that an active volcano is erupting or is dormant.

Volcanoes in Indonesia

Indonesia has the most active volcanoes in the world and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire comprises 452 volcanoes, and it has more than 75% of the active and dormant volcanoes worldwide.

Major volcanoes in Indonesia. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

There are 147 volcanoes in Indonesia, 129 of which are active. Sumatra (67 volcanoes), West Java (35 volcanoes), Sulawesi & Sangihe Islands (21 volcanoes), Halmahera (16 volcanoes), Flores (16 volcanoes), East Java (15 volcanoes), Central Java (12 volcanoes), Bali, and the Lesser Sunda Islands are all home to volcanoes.

Did You Know?

  • In the world, Indonesia has the most volcanoes that have erupted at least 1,171 times within historic time, with 76 volcanoes.
  • The eruption of Tambora in1815 was the world’s largest known eruption in historic times and was associated with a huge effect on the climate. The next year, throughout Europe, it was referred to as the year without summer.
  • The largest documented volcanic explosion in history was the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which claimed the lives of 71,000 people. It was followed by the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, which took the lives of 36,000 people.
  • On August 27, 1883, a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa produced the world’s loudest sound in recorded history.
  • Mount Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano, and it has erupted on a regular basis since 1548. It is a high-risk volcano that is constantly watched by volcanologists.
  • Indonesia, after the United States, is the world’s second-largest geothermal power generator. Volcanic geology in Indonesia has led to an increase in the use of geothermal power, which provides a substantial source of renewable energy.

Sources:Wikipedia,Wikipedia, VolcanoDiscovery, ThinkGeoenergy, Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution

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