Which Countries Have the Most Active Volcanoes?

Which Countries Have the Most Active Volcanoes?

We all often like to believe that our world is a very peaceful and rewarding place, but the harsh truth is that nature almost always finds a way to settle the score. As the American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson pointed out very well, the Universe tries to kill us in many ways through natural disasters, cosmic radiation, and so on.

There are more than 1,500 active volcanoes out there in the world. If you want an even more frightening fact, about 50-70 volcanoes erupt every year. Probably the most reasonable question to ask, after reading about these facts, is this: “Which countries have the most active volcanoes?” so that you will know what areas on the planet to avoid. Well, you’ve made it to the right place, so feel free to keep on reading!


There are more than 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which means that we’re talking about the country that has the highest number of historically active volcanoes in the entire world. A number of around 270 million people live in Indonesia, a country that also covers over 1,9 million square kilometers. Indonesia also has a total of about 18,110 islands and islets.


There are more than 100 active volcanoes in Japan as well, a country that is also known for being very seismically active. Some of the most famous active volcanoes in Japan are Mount Fuji, Mount Sakurajima, and Mount Aso.

Japan also has more than 14,000 islands, and about 430 of them are inhabited.


There are about 24 active volcanoes in the Philippines, and the notable ones include Mount Pinatubo, Mount Mayon, as well as Taal Volcano.

Russia (Kamchatka Peninsula):

Considering that Russia is the biggest country in the world, it would have been impossible for this country not to have a consistent number of active volcanoes as well. There are 77 volcanoes in Russia, and 61 of them are considered active. The Kamchatka Peninsula, especially, is known for its high volcanic activity. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest volcano in Eurasia, and it’s also one of the active volcanies in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.


Italy has 12 volcanoes, and 9 of them are still considered active. There are even four active submarine volcanoes in Italy. The region of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands of the European country are the most volcanically active. The most famous examples of active volcanoes in Italy are Mount Etna in Sicily and Mount Vesuvius near Naples.

United States (Alaska):

Alaska, an American state, has active volcanoes along the Aleutian Islands; some of the active volcanoes in the region are Mount Redoubt and Mount Katmai. As for the US and its territories, in general, there are about 170 potentially active volcanoes.


Chile is also known to have several active volcanoes, and Llaima and Villarrica are some of the most notable ones. Chile is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire of Latin America.


Ecuador also has active volcanoes – 20, to be more precise. There’s no wonder why the country has so many active volcanoes, as it’s placed on the Andean Volcanic Belt. Some of the active volcanoes in Ecuador are Tungurahua and Cotopaxi.


You may have read our recent article about a volcano erupting in Iceland just a few days ago. There are 32 active volcanoes in Iceland, a country that has less than 400,000 inhabitants and an area of f 103.592 km2 (39.997 sq mi). We could say that it’s a bit ironic that the country has the word “ice” in its moniker. Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla are among the active volcanoes in Iceland.

However, it’s good to know that the volcanic activity in the countries mentioned above is closely monitored and that the authorities in such regions frequently implement measures to mitigate any possible risks that are associated with eruptions.



Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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