What was erupting in the year...?

Statistics for volcanoes and eruptions since 2000; data for 2018 is through the last data update (v. 4.7.0). Click on each year for the full list of volcanoes and additional details for that year (opens a new tab). Data subject to change or correction due to ongoing research. Columns showing the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) values reflect the maximum VEI for the overall eruption and are assigned to the year in which the eruption started. There are plans to expand this page and provide a data download option.

Year Volcanoes
Active
Countries Eruptions
Total
Eruptions
Started
VEI <= 2 VEI 3 VEI 4 VEI 5 VEI 6
2018 49 21 50 13 11 2 0 0 0

2017 66 27 68 28 23 5 0 0 0
2016 71 26 82 34 29 5 0 0 0
2015 80 30 85 39 32 5 2 0 0
2014 70 29 76 37 28 8 1 0 0
2013 70 29 74 34 30 4 0 0 0
2012 74 27 80 38 34 3 1 0 0
2011 69 27 75 35 29 3 2 1 0
2010 69 24 77 34 25 7 2 0 0
2009 68 25 75 32 29 2 1 0 0
2008 80 28 88 48 39 6 3 0 0
2007 75 29 80 36 30 6 0 0 0
2006 76 29 87 45 40 4 1 0 0
2005 75 28 83 47 40 7 0 0 0
2004 70 27 80 49 41 7 1 0 0
2003 63 25 66 31 26 5 0 0 0
2002 66 25 75 43 38 3 2 0 0
2001 65 26 73 36 30 6 0 0 0
2000 67 29 75 39 34 4 1 0 0

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Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.7.0. Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 25 Jun 2018. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.VOTW4-2013