What Are Some Names of Volcanoes?

Names of some of the world’s most famous volcanoes include Mount Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Mount St. Helens and Mount Tambora. While some of these volcanoes are known to be dangerous, as of 2015 some have not been active for over 100 years.

Some of the world’s most famous volcanoes include:

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is the Italian volcano that was responsible for decimating the city of Pompeii. It overlooks the Bay of Naples and has erupted 30 times, as far as scientists know. Those investigating the Pompeii eruption found that over 1,000 people died.


Situated on an Indonesian island, Krakatoa’s explosions are heard thousands of miles away when it erupts. One eruption led to 36,000 people in a nearby Sumatran town incinerating immediately. As of 2015 it has not erupted since 1927, but sometimes it gives off sparks and spews lava.

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is located in Washington, and as of 2015 it had not erupted since 1980. Unlike many of the world’s most famous eruptions, Mount St. Helens’ was predicted months before it occurred. Despite this, 57 people were killed and an area 250 miles away was plunged into darkness as a result of the ash cloud.

Mount Tambora

Mount Tambora is located in Indonesia and has a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8. During its eruption in 1815, tens of thousands of people died.