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.
About 200,000 tourists visit the summit of Mount Fuji annually. According to Japan Today, there is an expectation that Mount Fuji may erupt between 2011 and 2015. The main indicator of this is the increase in pressure within the mountain's magma chamber. The mountain is located atop a "triple junction" where three tectonic plates, the Amurian, Okhotsk and Filipino plates, converge.Learn More
Although Yellowstone is still an active volcano, its last lava-producing eruption occurred about 70,000 years ago and was non-explosive. The most recent non-explosive steam eruption occurred 13,800 years ago.Full Answer >
National Geographic speculates that Mt. Fuji is developing a large reserve of basaltic magma based on an increase in earthquakes first noted in the early 2000s. The heat and gas brought to the surface by basaltic magma causes these quakes.Full Answer >
As of July 2014, the latest eruption of Mt. Stromboli began on June 30th, 2014. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mt. Stromboli has been in a state of near-continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years.Full Answer >
As of June 2014, Mt. Erebus last erupted on Oct. 9, 2013. The volcano had been quiet prior to that since the last major eruption took place in 2007. In 2005, there was a series of small-to-medium eruptions that lasted for a week.Full Answer >