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What was erupting in the year...?
There were 73 confirmed eruptions at some point during 2020 from 68 different volcanoes; 27 of those were new eruptions that started during the year. A stop date with "(continuing)" indicates that the eruption was considered to be ongoing as of the date indicated. Data is reported through the last data update (19 August 2021). Information about more recent eruptions can be found in the Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report.
VolcanoCountryEruption Start DateEruption Stop DateMax VEI
MerapiIndonesia2020 Dec 312021 Aug 19 (continuing)1
Soufriere St. VincentSaint Vincent and the Grenadines2020 Dec 272021 Apr 224
San CristobalNicaragua2020 Dec 27 (?)2021 Mar 19 (continuing)3
Tengger CalderaIndonesia2020 Dec 262020 Dec 281
KilaueaUnited States2020 Dec 202021 May 230
Piton de la FournaiseFrance2020 Dec 72020 Dec 80
LewotolokIndonesia2020 Nov 272021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
KikaiJapan2020 Oct 62020 Oct 61
KavachiSolomon Islands2020 Sep 22021 Apr 100
KuchinoerabujimaJapan2020 Aug 292020 Aug 291
SinabungIndonesia2020 Aug 82021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
TelicaNicaragua2020 Jul 202020 Dec 91
RaungIndonesia2020 Jul 162020 Oct 31
TurrialbaCosta Rica2020 Jun 182020 Aug 241
CopahueChile-Argentina2020 Jun 162020 Oct 19 ± 2 days2
ClevelandUnited States2020 Jun 12020 Jun 13
KikaiJapan2020 Apr 292020 Apr 291
KarymskyRussia2020 Apr 12021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
SoputanIndonesia2020 Mar 232020 Apr 22
KavachiSolomon Islands2020 Mar 162020 Apr 300
Sarychev PeakRussia2020 Feb 29 ± 1 days2021 Aug 19 (continuing)1
San MiguelEl Salvador2020 Feb 222020 Feb 221
Piton de la FournaiseFrance2020 Feb 102020 Apr 60
Rincon de la ViejaCosta Rica2020 Jan 302020 Dec 132
FernandinaEcuador2020 Jan 122020 Jan 130
TaalPhilippines2020 Jan 122020 Jan 224
KuchinoerabujimaJapan2020 Jan 112020 May 133
SemisopochnoiUnited States2019 Dec 72020 Jun 191
NishinoshimaJapan2019 Dec 52020 Aug 271
ShishaldinUnited States2019 Jul 232020 May 43
AsosanJapan2019 Apr 162020 Jun 162
KlyuchevskoyRussia2019 Apr 92021 Mar 202
SangayEcuador2019 Mar 262021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
TinakulaSolomon Islands2018 Dec 8 (in or before)2021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
KarangetangIndonesia2018 Nov 252021 Aug 6 (continuing)2
Barren IslandIndia2018 Sep 252021 Jul 29 (continuing)1
KrakatauIndonesia2018 Jun 182020 Apr 173
MerapiIndonesia2018 May 112020 Jun 213
KerinciIndonesia2018 Apr 212020 Oct 171
NyamulagiraDR Congo2018 Apr 182021 Aug 5 (continuing)0
KadovarPapua New Guinea2018 Jan 52021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
Sangeang ApiIndonesia2017 Jul 152020 Jun 102
Ol Doinyo LengaiTanzania2017 Apr 92021 Aug 19 (continuing)0
AiraJapan2017 Mar 252021 Aug 19 (continuing)1
SabancayaPeru2016 Nov 62021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
EbekoRussia2016 Oct 202021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
Nevados de ChillanChile2016 Jan 82021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
LangilaPapua New Guinea2015 Oct 22 (?)2021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
MasayaNicaragua2015 Oct 32021 Aug 16 (continuing)1
TofuaTonga2015 Oct 22021 Aug 15 (continuing)0
PacayaGuatemala2015 Jun 7 ± 1 days2021 Aug 19 (continuing)1
VillarricaChile2014 Dec 2 ± 7 days2021 Aug 13 (continuing)1
Nevado del RuizColombia2014 Nov 182021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
SaundersUnited Kingdom2014 Nov 122021 May 12 (continuing)1
ManamPapua New Guinea2014 Jun 292021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
SemeruIndonesia2014 Apr 1 ± 15 days2021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
EtnaItaly2013 Sep 32021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
HeardAustralia2012 Sep 5 ± 4 days2021 Jan 200
BezymiannyRussia2010 May 21 (?)2021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
ReventadorEcuador2008 Jul 272021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
IbuIndonesia2008 Apr 52021 Aug 19 (continuing)1
PopocatepetlMexico2005 Jan 92021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
SuwanosejimaJapan2004 Oct 232021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
NyiragongoDR Congo2002 May 17 (?)2021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
FuegoGuatemala2002 Jan 42021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
BaganaPapua New Guinea2000 Feb 28 (in or before)2021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
SheveluchRussia1999 Aug 152021 Aug 19 (continuing)4
ErebusAntarctica1972 Dec 16 (in or before) ± 15 days2021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
Erta AleEthiopia1967 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days2021 Aug 1 (continuing)0
StromboliItaly1934 Feb 22021 Aug 19 (continuing)2
DukonoIndonesia1933 Aug 132021 Aug 21 (continuing)3
Santa MariaGuatemala1922 Jun 222021 Aug 19 (continuing)3
YasurVanuatu1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days2021 Aug 19 (continuing)3

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