How Many Active Volcanoes Are in Africa?

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A known 157 active volcanoes exist in Africa. The vast majority of these volcanoes sit on the continent's east coast, including the 59 active volcanoes found in Ethiopia. The volcanoes exist because of a splitting between the African Plate and the Arabian Plate, which is actually pulling the continent apart.