volcanoesHave you ever seen a volcano in person before? Sure, when they are not erupting they look like any other mountain for the most part, but there is still something majestic about them. This is part of the reason why some people enjoy visiting different volcanoes, reading about them, et cetera. To that end, here are three famous volcanoes from around the world.

Krakatoa, Indonesia

Krakatoa refers to a volcanic island within Indonesia, most famous for it’s 1883 eruption that killed more than 36,000 people and produced the loudest sound heard in modern history. Reports indicate you could hear it from up to 3,000 miles away. In addition, barometers around the world recorded the eruption’s shock waves for days afterward.

This eruption destroyed the majority of the island and formed a caldera. Much later, around 1927, a new island (Anak Krakatoa) formed from the caldera and has now become the current site of volcanic activity.

Mount St. Helens, United States

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Washington. Its fame is the result of its 1980 eruption accompanied by an earthquake and avalanche, recorded as the most economically and deadliest volcanic eruption in the United States.

Data indicates it killed 57 people and destroyed 250 homes, 47 bridges, 185 miles of highway, and 15 miles of railway. It is also part of a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which contains roughly 160 active volcanoes overall.

Mount Vesuvius, Italy

The name Mount Vesuvius, while well-known, may not be quite as iconic as the name of ones of the towns this volcano destroyed in 79AD: Pompeii. This is perhaps the most famous eruption in human history—most people will name it when asked about a volcanic eruption. This eruption killed upwards of 1,000 people, but the exact numbers remain unknown.

Pompeii gains the most recognition these days, particularly during the tours through the city’s remains for tourists. However, Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79AD also destroyed the nearby Herculaneum and other small settlements in the area.