Exploding Facts about Volcanoes

How many active volcanoes are there on Earth?
There are roughly 1500 active volcanoes on Earth. Scientists know of about 80 that are under the world’s oceans.

What is the purpose of volcanoes?
Volcanoes are important to our planet. They can be considered “Earth’s safety valve” because they release the pressure that builds up inside our planet.

Where did the name “volcano” come from?
The origin of the name “volcano” came from ancient Greek mythology from the name Vulcan, god of fire.

Where is the world’s largest active volcano?
The world’s largest active volcano is Mauna Loa in Hawaii. It rises 13,677 feet above sea level. Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form Hawaii.

How many people have died from volcanic eruptions?
It is estimated during the last 500 years that 200,000 people have lose their lives.