Volcanoes compared: The tallest volcanoes in the world – ranked

A volcano is an opening on the surface of a planet or moon which allows material warmer than its surroundings to escape from the interior. When this material escapes it results in an eruption. There are an estimated 1,500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide aside from the continuous belts of volcanoes which lie on the ocean floor.

All eyes are turned to the Canary island of La Palma where a volcanic eruption began a month ago.

A drone mission has been launched on the island in a bid to save three dogs trapped by the volcanic eruption on the island.

A new vent opened at the base of the Cumbre Vieja volcano’s main cone on Tuesday, October 19, according to Spain’s Geological and Mining Institute (IGME).

The institute said the video shows the volcano emitting a grey column of ash.

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Mount Fuji in Japan

Mount Fuji is the second-highest mountain located on an island in Asia and is the seventh-highest peak of an island on Earth.

It is an active stratovolcano which has not erupted since 1707 to 1708.

Japan is located on the most geologically active part of the planet, the Ring of Fire – a region known for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Mount Fuji stands at 3,776m tall.

Mount Semeru in Indonesia

Mount Semeru is an active volcano located in East Java in Indonesia.

The volcano has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967 and is known for its regular ash explosions which typically occur every 10 to 30 minutes.

The volcano is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, measuring 3,676m high.

The remaining tallest volcanoes in the world are as follows:

  • Etna, Italy: 3,350m
  • Mount St. Helens: 2,550m
  • Mayon Volcano: 2,463m
  • Mount Bromo: 2,329m
  • Arenal Volcano: 1,670m
  • The Maelifell Volcano: 540m.

source: express.co.uk