Most of the world's volcanoes are located around the edges of the Ring of Fire. Even though the Ring of Fire includes three continents, the volcanoes in Asia tend to be the most active.
The Ring of Fire is a massive region in the Pacific Ocean that stretches from eastern Asia to western North America and most of western South America. Indonesia has more volcanoes than any other country and is home to Tambora, Merapi and Krakatoa, three of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Japan also has a huge number of volcanoes and accounts for roughly 10 percent of the world's total number of active volcanoes.Learn More
Three of the more famous volcanologists in history were David A. Johnston and husband and wife Maurice and Katia Krafft. The married couple dedicated their adult lives to documenting volcanic eruptions on film before being killed by a volcanic eruption in Japan, according to "Volcano World, a Department of Geosciences publication at the Oregon State University (OSU).Full Answer >
It is not possible to prevent volcanoes from erupting. If people correctly predict a volcanic eruption, it is possible to keep the resulting damage to a relatively limited level.Full Answer >
Mount Fuji is an active volcano whose last eruption was in 1707. According to National Geographic, Mount Fuji has a symbolic, physical, spiritual and cultural importance to Japan. At 12,380 feet, Mount Fuji, which is located 62 miles from Tokyo, has the highest peak in Japan.Full Answer >
Volcanoes are studied by people called volcanologists. The primary job of a volcanologist is to study volcanoes and learn how to better protect those who live in close proximity to them. By understanding volcanoes, volcanologists are able to provide advanced warning to people who live near volcanoes when a volcanic eruption is imminent.Full Answer >