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Eruption of Mount St. Helens on July 22, 1980.

List of active volcanoes includes the volcanoes which are currently erupting, or have erupted in the last 10,000 years.[1] An example of an active volcano is Mount St. Helens in the United States (US).[2]

Most scientists consider a volcano active if it has erupted in the holocene (historic times) period.[3]

There are more than 1,500 volcanoes that could be active today.[4] An estimated 500 million people live near active volcanoes.[5]

Select list

The locations of select active volcanoes are shown by a red dot

There are active volcanoes in every part of the world. There are about 1,500 active volcanoes, many in the region of the Pacific Ocean.[6]

Pacific rim

The Pacific rim's "Ring of Fire" is an arc around the Pacific Ocean where there are 400+ volcanoes.[7]

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Other regions

Active volcanos of East Africa are shown as red triangles

Other regions of active volcanoes include the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and other places.

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  1. The plural of volcano can be either volcanos or volcanoes. Both are equally correct, and it is not a matter of British vs US spelling. Oxford English Dictionary. Spelling in any particular Simple page tries to be consistent.
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