10 Cities in the Sights of Deadly Volcanoes

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Image: Boris Behncke, INGV-Catania

Mount Etna

Imagine living your life with a beautiful mountain as the backdrop to your city… a beautiful mountain that is actually a volcano that could erupt at any time, obliterating your home and causing widespread devastation. Well, hundreds of thousands of people live in exactly such a situation, in towns and cities that lie in the sights of these dangerously volatile ruptures in the Earth’s surface.


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Plymouth

There are some volcanoes, designated as Decade Volcanoes, which scientists are watching very closely. Decade Volcanoes are those that need extra monitoring because of their proximity to significant populations and propensity for large, explosive eruptions.

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Image: Boris Behncke, INGV-Catania

Mount Etna

Nine Decade Volcanoes feature in our list: Mount Etna, Mount Nyiragongo, Mount Vesuvius, Mount Rainier, Sakurajima, Galeras, Mauna Loa, Mount Unzen and Mount Merapi. These and other volcanoes on our planet could erupt at any moment, wiping nearby settlements – and their inhabitants – from the face of the Earth.

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