Inspired by some recent Volcano-related posts over at Google Sightseeing, I thought it’d be neat to look at the 16 “Decade” Volcanoes around the world. Decade Volcanoes, according to Wikipedia are “the 16 volcanoes identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.”
Like most mountains (as we saw earlier this year), these volcanoes look stunning in Google Earth. They’re listed below in alphabetical order. Click the “KML” link for each one to view it for yourself in Google Earth.
Avachinsky-Koryaksky – Kamchatka, Russia – KML
Colima – Jalisco and Colima, Mexico – KML
Mount Etna – Sicily, Italy – KML
Galeras – Nariño, Colombia – KML
Mauna Loa – Hawaii, USA – KML
Mount Merapi – Central Java, Indonesia – KML
Mount Nyiragongo – Democratic Republic of Congo – KML
Mount Rainier – Washington, USA – KML
Sakurajima – Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan – KML
Santa Maria/Santiaguito – Guatemala – KML
Santorini – Cyclades, Greece – KML
Taal Volcano – Luzon, Philippines – KML
Teide – Canary Islands, Spain – KML
Ulawun – New Britain, Papua New Guinea – KML
Mount Unzen – Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan – KML
Vesuvius – Naples, Italy – KML
Are there are volcanoes that you find particularly interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!
About Mickey Mellen
Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.
Mount Egmont in New Zealand is one of my favorites. The volcano isn’t so interesting, but the park boundary and surrounding land use pattern is amazing.
I thought it would be nice to add heights of these volcanoes 🙂
Not sure if it goes as a volcano, but the Caldera de Taburiente on Spanish island La Palma is Europe’s biggest Caldera.
Enrique Silva says
What about Popocatepetl located between Puebla and Mexico State in Mexico?
Hello, a few months ago I carried out with Google Earth a video on the beauty of the volcanos. I think it can enrich your article.
All my friendships of France.
I spent the night in this dead volcanoe with my girlfriend in 1989.
Just super volcano calderas, such as in west Texas and Yellowstone. Those things really amaze me with their massive size.
You forgot the most important ones in Mexico, much more than the Nevado de Colima: Popocatépetl (especially this one) and Iztaccíhuatl, right next to Mexico City with over 20 million inhabitants…
I agree that Popocatepetl should have been included in the list, the decade started with an eruption by this volcano on december of 2000.
What about the Great Mt. St. Helens in the US.
Remember the Eruption in 1980
Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines ?
my comment is,the Afar volcano is the very amazing and very interestng to see live.
Fogo Volcano in the Cape Verde Islands.