98% of People Can't Identify These Volcanoes From Around the World. Can You?

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98% of People Can't Identify These Volcanoes From Around the World. Can You?
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It was a surprise when Fourpeaked Mountain, 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, erupted in September 2006. It had been quiet since before 8000 BC, and volcanoes which haven't erupted in the past 10,000 years are considered extinct -- and extinct volcanoes are not expected to have a lava supply. Similarly, in 1955, Mount Bezymianny, on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, unleashed the largest single volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and spewed ash for more than a year -- but it had been considered a long-extinct volcano right up until then.

Volcanic eruptions can kill thousands, reshape islands and continents and even affect global weather with their ash clouds.  That red sunset you love so much? Thank volcanic ash in the atmosphere!

Right now there are at least 1,900 active volcanoes, around the world, most sitting on top or near the edges of the Earth's tectonic plates, spewing gas, magma (lava), and ash when they erupt. There are three types of volcanic activity: active, dormant, or extinct. And scientists admit can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a volcano that's extinct and one that's just resting (sleeping volcanoes are called "dormant").

It's true you can't always tell a book by its cover ... but can you name a volcano by its picture?

Mount-Vesuvius Do you know which volcano this is?
Carihuairazo
Mount Taylor
Mount Vesuvius
Pompeii, about 90 miles south of Rome, was wiped out in the year 79, when Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing an estimated 13,000 to 30,000 people. Today, Mount Vesuvius continues to be an active volcano, although it has been silent.
San Francisco Mountain

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Mount-Pelée Do you know which volcano this is?
Craters of the Moon
Mount Pelée
The 4,583-feet tall Mount Pelée is located at the northern end of the island of Martinique, in the Caribbean. It's an active volcano, most recently famous for its devastating eruption in 1902 that killed 30,000 people.
Red Mountain
Sunset Crater

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Do you know which volcano this is?
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Green Mountain
Mount Cameroon
Mount St. Helens
It killed an estimated 57 people and caused more than a billion dollars in damages in Washington state when it erupted in May 1980. Mount St. Helens most recently blew its top in 2008.
Mount Scenery

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Mount-Tambora Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Bird
Mount Discovery
Mount Michael
Mount Tambora
Mount Tambora produced so much ash when it erupted in April 1815, clouds of ash in the atmosphere caused a worldwide cooling phenomenon. In fact, the temperatures during the summer of 1816 were, on average, 5 degrees F cooler than normal because of the cover -- and was known in North America and Europe as the "year without a summer."

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Mount-Etna Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Bona
Mount Etna
Since the first written record in 1500 B.C., people have documented hundreds of eruptions -- Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It made a cameo appearance as the planet "Mustafar" in 2005's prequel "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." (The actual lava in the movie, though, was made with methocil, a chemical food additive).
Mount Meager
Mount Overlord

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Mount-Shasta Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Boucherie
Mount Cayley
Mount Kenya
Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta is located at the southern end of the Cascade Range and part of the Shasta-Trinity Forest in Northern California. It's the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Mount-Rainier Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Fogo
Mount Melbourne
Mount Morning
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in the state of Washington. It's part of the 800-mile Cascade Range, and because of its history of large and destructive eruptions, is one of 16 volcanoes around the world chosen for study by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI).

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Mount-Fuji Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Agung
Mount Batur
Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, sits on Honshu Island, about 62 miles west of Tokyo. Fuji-san, as it's called in Japanese, is considered sacred, and with Mount Haku and Mount Tateyama is one of the Three Holy Mountains.
Mount Yufu

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Nevado-del-Ruiz Do you know which volcano this is?
Anak Krakatoa
Brown Bluff
Nevado del Ruiz
Nevado del Ruiz is located in the Andes, about 80 miles west of Bogotá in central Colombia -- putting about 4,252,435 people in danger if it were to erupt. Of its three most recent eruptions in the 20th century, the eruption in 1985, which triggered deadly mudslides, is the second-largest volcano-related disaster.
Ta‘ū

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Barren-Island Do you know which volcano this is?
Barren Island
Barren Island is in the Andaman Sea in South Asia, and the only active volcano in India. The island itself is the summit of a volcano that's rising from the sea, true to its name this is barren and uninhabited land.
The Black Tusk
Corazón
San Cristóbal

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Mount-Erebus Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Baldy
Mount Erebus
Located on Ross Island, Antarctica’s Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on our planet. It's been active for an estimated 1.3 million years, and is well-known for its phonolitic lava lake.
Mount Josephine
Mount Harcourt

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Popocatépetl Do you know which volcano this is?
Antisana
Broken Top
Cerro Solo
Popocatépetl
Popocatépetl, pronounced poh-poh-kah-TEH-peh-til -- or called just Popo, is the second-highest volcano in Mexico, located about 45 miles southeast of Mexico City and only 30 miles from Puebla. After decades of dormancy, Volcán Popocatépetl (the Aztec word for smoking mountain) came back to life in 1994. More recently, it has been erupting since the early 2000s.

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Yellowstone-Caldera Do you know which volcano this is?
Galunggung
Krakatoa
Yellowstone Caldera
It's been about 74,000 years since this supervolcano erupted. Today, that super-eruption would incinerate everything within 60 miles of the Yellowstone National Park. And then the resulting ash would blanket all of Wyoming and surrounding states -- as much as three feet. Volcanic gases and ash in the atmosphere would block our sun, triggering what scientists call a "volcanic winter" that could last for years.
Vailulu'u

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Galeras Do you know which volcano this is?
Baratang
Calbuco
Galeras
Although the first known recorded eruption was in December 1580, Galeras has been active for a minimum of a million years. Over the centuries, its moderately frequent eruptions have made it the most active volcano in Colombia. Its 21st-century activity includes an eruption in January 2010 and again in August 2010.
Penguin Island

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Krakatoa Do you know which volcano this is?
Krakatoa
Krakatoa is a volcanic island that sits in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, in the Indonesian Island Arc. It's responsible for one of the most violent and deadly volcanic eruptions ever recorded, in August 1883. At least 36,417 people died, the majority killed by tsunamis that were triggered by the eruptions.
Lōʻihi
Narcondam
Tecuamburro

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Mount-Agung Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Agung
Mount Agung (or Gunung Agung) is the highest point on Bali, Indonesia, and located in the U-shaped region of the world called the Ring of Fire because of its volcanic activity. It most recently erupted at the end of 2017.
Mount Bachelor
Mount Kelud
Mount Pavlof

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Atna-Peaks- Do you know which volcano this is?
Atna Peaks
Among the volcanic Wrangell Mountains of eastern Alaska you'll find Atna Peaks.The peaks, east and west, stand about 13,600 feet high in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, located in the Valdez-Cordova (CA).
Big Ben on Heard Island
Chimborazo
Mammoth Mountain

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Mount-Kilimanjaro Do you know which volcano this is?
Black Buttes
Goat Rocks
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro rises 19,340 feet above sea level, making it not only the highest peak on the African continent but the world's highest free-standing mountain as well. It has three distinct volcanic cones, called Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira -- and although Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, Kibo is considered dormant (which means it could erupt again, some day).
Punchbowl Crater

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Cotopaxi Do you know which volcano this is?
El Altar
Concepción
Cotopaxi
Known for its symmetrical cone, the glacier-covered Cotopaxi, located in the Andes Mountains, is one of the active volcanoes of Ecuador. It's erupted more than 50 times since 1738, most recently from August 2015 to January 2016.
Ubinas

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Mauna-Loa Do you know which volcano this is?
Black Rock Desert
Cinnamon Butte
Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa covers half of the Big Island, Hawaiʻi. It's the largest volcano on Earth -- while you see 13,681 feet of it above sea level, Mauna Loa's summit is actually 56,000 feet above its base on the ocean floor.
Never Summer Mountain

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Mount-Edziza Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Blackburn
Mount Edziza
Mount Edziza is one of the main volcanoes of the Mount Edziza volcanic complex in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. It's a type of volcano that's called subglacial, because it forms and grows below the ice. Mount Edziza is believed to be more than 7.5 million years old.
Mount Kiska
Mount Price

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Mount-Tapochau Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount McLoughlin
Mount Sanford
Mount Steller
Volcán de Parícutin
Volcán de Parícutin, or just Parícutin, is a relatively new volcano, located about 200 miles west of Mexico City in Michoacán, Mexico. It formed in 1943, in the cornfield of a farmer named Dionisio Pulido.

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Eyjafjallajökull Do you know which volcano this is?
Eyjafjallajökull
Eyjafjallajökull, pronounced ei-ya-fyat-LA-yer-kitle, sits under a glacier of the same name, in Suðurland, Iceland. Its most recent eruption was in 2010, but the earliest-known recorded eruption dates back to 920.
Hoodoo Mountain
Mole Hill
Santa Maria

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Erta-Ale Do you know which volcano this is?
Erta Ale
Erta Ale sits in a badland desert area called the Danakil depression, in the Afar Region in northeastern Ethiopia. It's remote, and the climate is cruel -- temperatures are among the hottest on the planet, with an average year-round temperature of roughly 94 degrees F.
Middle Sister
North Sister
White Chuck Cinder Cone

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Mount-Nyiragongo Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Brew
Mount Downton
Mount Nyiragongo
The 11,382-foot Mount Nyiragongo looms over the city of Goma, in the Virunga Mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This volcano, which has the world's largest lava lake, frequently bubbles and spews fire, and has erupted at least 34 times since 1882.
Mount Pleasant

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Montana Mountain
Mount Cleveland
Mount Cleveland, known also as Chuginadak, is one of the most active of the more than 75 volcanoes in the Aleutian island arc of Alaska. It's erupted 22 times over the last 230 years, as recently as 2017.
Mount Harper
Mount Tabor

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Kilauea Do you know which volcano this is?
Kilauea
Kilauea is an active volcano, and has been continually erupting since 1983. Of the five volcanoes that make up the Big Island, including including Hualalai, Kohala, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa, Kilauea is the most active.
The Table
The Thumb
The Sphinx

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Santorini-Caldera Do you know which volcano this is?
Billy Mitchell
Calabozos
Kolumbo
Santorini Caldera
Santorini, once known as Thera, is a volcanic island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 120 miles southeast of mainland Greece. Its eruption and subsequent end of the Minoan civilization may have been the inspiration behind the myth of Atlantis.

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Pacaya Do you know which volcano this is?
Maungaongaonga
O'a Caldera
Pacaya
The Pacaya volcano is located in Guatemala, as a part of the Central American Volcanic Arc. It first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago, and, after being dormant for a century, has been erupting nearly continuously since 1965.
Paritutu and the Sugar Loaf Islands

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Mount-Merapi Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Boucherie
Mount Drum
Mount Jiigatake
Mount Merapi
There are 68 recorded eruptions since 1548. One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, Gunung Merapi (Mount Merapi) most recently erupted in March to April 2014. In fact, it's said plumes of smoke can be seen at least 300 out of 365 per year.

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Mount-Aso Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Aso
Mount Aso is a 5,223-foot peak in Aso Kujū National Park in Kumamoto Prefecture, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Not only is it the largest active volcano in Japan, Mount As has the largest active crater in the world -- it measures 71 miles in circumference, 17 miles from north to south, and 10 miles from east to west. It's also responsible for the most explosive volcano eruptions than any other volcano in the world.
Mount Dana
Mount Douglas
Mount Frosty

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Mount-Pinatubo Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Churchill
Mount Hagen
Mount Pinatubo
Mount Pinatubo is an active volcano located 54 miles north of Manila, in the Zambales Mountains on Luzon Island in the Phillippines. And prior to its eruption in 1991, not much was known or thought of Pinatubo -- it had been dormant for at least 400 years, and no known history of any eruptions. But its June 1991 eruption was massive, so destructive it ranks as the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Mount Sanford

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Mount-Bromo Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Adams
Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is an active volcano inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, on the eastern end of the Indonesian island of Java. At 7,641 feet, it's not the highest peak in Indonesia -- but it's one of the most popular, and notorious, among tourists and climbers.
Mount Iō
Mount Terror

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Whakaari-_-White-Island Do you know which volcano this is?
Devils Desk
Ibex Mountain
Kick 'em Jenny
Whakaari / White Island
White Island, known among Māori as Te Puia o Whakaari ('dramatic volcano'), is an uninhabited, privately-owned island that's estimated to be between 150,000 and 200,000 years old. It's part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, and sits about 30 miles off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty.

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Taal-Volcano Do you know which volcano this is?
Heart Peaks
Kos
El Misti
Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano is only 30 miles south of the city of Manila on the island of Luzon -- and is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. It's the smallest volcano in the world, but it's also one of the deadliest. Taal has erupted 33 times since 1572, some more catastrophic than others.

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Volcán-de-Colima Do you know which volcano this is?
Aegina
Ben Nevis
Oshima-Ōshima
Volcán de Colima
The Volcán de Colima, also called the Volcán de Fuego, is part of the Colima Volcanic Complex in the western Mexican Volcanic Belt. It's about 75 miles south of Guadalajara, Mexico, and one of the most active volcanoes in that country -- more than 40 eruptions since 1576.

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Sakurajima Do you know which volcano this is?
Brown Peak
Fiftytwo Ridge
Sakurajima
Mount Sakurajima is one of more than 100 volcanoes in the Japanese archipelago -- it's located near the city of Kagoshima, on the southwestern edge of Japan's Kyushu island. And it's one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and because its history has been recorded since the 8th century, we know that its biggest eruptions happened between 1471-1476 and again in 1914.
The Saucer

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Mount-Yasur Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Sir Allan MacNab
Mount Marcy
Mount Stanley Baldwin
Mount Yasur
Mount Yasur sits at the southeastern tip of Tanna Island, Vanuatu, and is part of southern Vanuatu volcanic arc. We know from Captain Cook's recordings that Yasur has been actively erupting since at least 1774, when he visited.

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Sete-Cidades Do you know which volcano this is?
The Bones
The Fortress
The Horn
Sete Cidades
Sete Cidades, or Maciço de Sete Cidades/Vulcão de Sete Cidades, translates into "Seven Cities," but it's also known as "Ilha Verde," which means "The Green Island." It takes up just 42 square feet of land at the western end of São Miguel Island (Ilha de São Miguel), in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

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Thera Do you know which volcano this is?
Great Sitkin
Matterhorn
Pinnacles
Thera
When this volcano erupted on the island and covered the city of Akrontiri with pumice and volcanic ash, it preserved the Bronze Age settlement. Thera is its ancient name, as well as the ancient name of the Greek island of Santorini, in the Cyclades -- but today you might know it as Santorini.

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Soufrière-Hills Do you know which volcano this is?
Big Ben
Neuchâtel
Pichu Pichu
Soufrière Hills
The Soufrière Hills volcano sits on the southern half of the Caribbean island of Montserrat, in the British Lesser Antilles. It sat quiet since the 17th century, at least, but has been erupting since it woke up in 1995.

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Mount-Hood Do you know which volcano this is?
Mont Blanc
Mount Hood
Mount Hood, called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, sits roughly 50 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. It's the highest peak in the state, and covered in 12 glaciers -- in fact, glaciers and snow fields cover 80 percent of the mountain. Its last confirmed activity was back in 1866, and today is considered potentially active.
Mount Magazine
Mount Washington

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Lōʻihi Do you know which volcano this is?
Brahmagiri
Chomo Lonzo
Lōʻihi
Lōʻihi is an active volcano in the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain, and sits submerged in the Pacific off the southeastern coast of the Big Island, in Hawaii -- that's right; it's an underwater volcano. Dormant for so long it was considered inactive, Lōʻihi woke up in 1996, and has been active, at least intermittently, since.
Uummannaq

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Big-Ben-on-Heard-Island Do you know which volcano this is?
Big Ben on Heard Island
Big Ben is a large glacier-covered active volcano and highest mountain on Australian territory. It's on the sub-Antarctic Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean, 2,485 miles southwest of Western Australia. Although it has a history of activity dating back to 1881, and is known to have erupted a handful of times in the past 15 years, Big Ben poses no danger to humans because Heard Island is uninhabited.
The Cannon Balls
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain
Seven Fingered Jack

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Teide Do you know which volcano this is?
Doddabetta
Jøkulkyrkja
Lhotse
Teide
Mount Teide, or "Pico del Teide," is located in Teide National Park in Tenerife, and is the highest peak on both the Canary Islands and in all of Spain. Today it's the most visited natural wonder of Spain.

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Mount-Chimborazo Do you know which volcano this is?
Chicken Breast Bluff
Mount Chimborazo
Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador, and when measured from the Earth’s center instead of from sea level, it's also the highest mountain on the planet -- at a distance of 3,968 miles from the Earth's center. Since it hasn't erupted since around the year 640, give or take 500 years, "Chimbo" is considered a dormant volcano.
Mount Deception
Mount Redoubt

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Mt-Kulal Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Horrid
Mount Kulal
At 7,497-feet elevation, Mount Kulal can't be missed in the eastern horizon of Lake Turkana, in northern Kenya. Now extinct, the volcano has been a biosphere reserve since 1978.
Mount Nirvana
Mount Olympus

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Sangay Do you know which volcano this is?
Big Jay
Camel's Hump
Sangay
Sangay, the southernmost volcano in the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Andes, is located in central Ecuador. It's surrounded by uninhabited land, and access to it is hazardous because it's been erupting continuously since at least 1934, if not earlier.
The Snow Hole

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Mount-Mayon Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Isolation
Mount Mayon
Mount Mayon is a 8,070-foot volcano on Luzon Island, in coconut-producing Albay province of the Phillippines -- about 200 miles southeast of the city of Manila. It's erupted more than 50 times in the last 400 years, including as recently as 2018.
Mount Tom
Mount Washington

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Mount-Stromboli Do you know which volcano this is?
Mount Kalamata
Mount Mustard
Mount Sriracha
Mount Stromboli
Mount Stromboli, one of three active volcanoes in Italy, rises 10,000 feet above the floor of the Tyrrhenian Sea, just north of Sicily. It's one of the eight Aeolian Islands, populated with between 400 to 850 people. It's been erupting almost constantly for the last 2,000 to 5,000 years, with a few violent eruptions during that time.

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