New Activity / Unrest


Recent Bulletin Reports


  • Semeru  |  Renewed thermal anomalies from mid-May through December 2017
  • Villarrica  |  Lava lake level fluctuates and Strombolian activity persists during October 2016-November 2017
  • Pacaya  |  Pyroclastic cone in MacKenney crater grows above crater rim, January-September 2017
  • Sinabung  |  Constant activity through September 2017, with ash plumes, block avalanches, and pyroclastic flows
  • Tungurahua  |  Nearly constant ash emissions and frequent lahars during July-December 2015
  • Santa Maria  |  Slow growth of new lava dome, persistent ash plumes, and nearby ashfall, January-October 2017
  • Bogoslof  |  Explosions in July and August 2017; new lava dome visible 20-22 August destroyed by explosions that end on 30 August
  • Fuego  |  Five eruptive episodes and destructive lahars, January-June 2017
  • Reventador  |  Ongoing ash emissions, block avalanches, and pyroclastic flows through December 2016
  • Suwanosejima  |  Persistent ash plumes, explosions, and Strombolian activity during September 2015-December 2016
  • Nyamuragira  |  Thermal activity decreases and ends in May 2017
  • Nishinoshima  |  April-July 2017 episode creates additional landmass from two lava flows

Welcome to the Global Volcanism Program

The Volcanoes of the World database provides a catalog of Holocene and Pleistocene volcanoes, and eruptions from the past 10,000 years.

Site & Database News

13 February 2018 Database updated (4.6.6). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions. Many updates to the Pleistocene volcano list, which is now available to download as a spreadsheet; they are also now included in the KML placemark file.

19 January 2018 Database updated (4.6.5). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 19 January 2018.

29 December 2017 Database updated (4.6.4). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 29 December 2017.

17 November 2017 Database updated (4.6.3). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 31 October 2017. Over the previous 20 months there have been 170 Bulletin reports produced, essentially bringing the monthly publication schedule back up to date, with virtually all activity through at least 2016 being reported, and descriptions of activity at many volcanoes being current to within a few months. Thanks to Bulletin contract writer Liz Crafford (90 reports), as well as long-time volunteers Jackie Gluck, Bob Andrews, and Paul Berger, who do much of the data compilation and first drafts of reports.

E3 Web Application

The "Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application (or "E3") is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shows volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 — the first year satellites were available to provide global monitoring of SO2. The eruption and gas emission data are drawn from the Volcanoes of the World database maintained by the Global Volcanism Program.



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The mission of GVP is to document, understand, and disseminate information about global volcanic activity.
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