The benefits of living near a volcano are enriched soil, opportunities to efficiently harness geothermal energy and potential tourist income. Metals and precious stones are also common in volcanic soil, and rivers flowin... More »

Lava, fragments and ash clouds from volcanoes all pose dangers to nearby residents and their property. Hot lava from effusive volcanoes can kill people and burn plants and buildings. Rock and material fragments that spew... More »

In some cases, locals live near volcanoes out of allegiance or personal connection to the area. Since active volcanoes may go hundreds or thousands of years without eruption, some residents are descendants of many genera... More »

Volcanologists wear heavy boots, long-sleeved shirts and heavy work gloves in order to protect their bodies from lava near a volcano. According to Oregon State University, volcanologists might also wear jeans, a rock-cli... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes

Technically, Surtsey is an island and not a volcano. However, its formation was due to the continuous eruption of an underwater volcano known as a submarine volcano, or seamount. More »

A lateral blast, also known as a lateral eruption, is a volcanic eruption that occurs out of the side of a volcano instead of at its summit. An example of a lateral blast is the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. More »

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano, or a cone-shaped volcano, that is made from many layers of hardened ash, lava and other volcanic rock. Stratovolcanoes are also called composite volcanoes. More »