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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 75 confirmed eruptions at some point during 2002 from 66 different volcanoes; 43 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 (27 September 2018). Information about more recent eruptions can be found in the Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report.

Volcano Country Eruption Start Date Eruption Stop Date Max VEI
Bezymianny Russia 2002 Dec 25 2002 Dec 28 (?) 2
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 2002 Dec 23 2003 Apr 1 2
Kanlaon Philippines 2002 Nov 28 2002 Nov 28 1
Klyuchevskoy Russia 2002 Nov 24 2004 Apr 8 2
Piton de la Fournaise France 2002 Nov 16 2002 Dec 3 2
Papandayan Indonesia 2002 Nov 11 2002 Dec 19 ± 3 days 2
Reventador Ecuador 2002 Nov 3 2003 Jan 10 (?) 4
Monowai New Zealand 2002 Nov 1 2002 Nov 24 0
Manam Papua New Guinea 2002 Oct 31 Unknown 2
Lascar Chile 2002 Oct 26 2002 Oct 27 2
Etna Italy 2002 Oct 26 2003 Jan 28 3
Telica Nicaragua 2002 Oct 17 Unknown 0
Llaima Chile 2002 Oct 13 ± 12 days Unknown 1
Lewotobi Indonesia 2002 Oct 12 2002 Oct 12 (?) 1
Mayon Philippines 2002 Oct 11 2002 Oct 11 1
Guagua Pichincha Ecuador 2002 Oct 11 2002 Dec 7 1
Rabaul Papua New Guinea 2002 Oct 6 (?) 2004 Feb 17 2
Ruang Indonesia 2002 Sep 25 2002 Sep 29 (?) 4
Veniaminof United States 2002 Sep 24 2003 Mar 23 1
Ulawun Papua New Guinea 2002 Aug 22 (?) 2002 Nov 3 2
Izu-Torishima Japan 2002 Aug 12 2002 Aug 20 2
Witori Papua New Guinea 2002 Aug 3 2003 Mar 26 ± 25 days 3
Nyamuragira DR Congo 2002 Jul 25 2002 Sep 16 (?) ± 15 days 2
Saunders United Kingdom 2002 Jul 16 (?) ± 15 days 2002 Nov 16 (?) ± 15 days 0
Korovin United States 2002 Jul 16 (in or before) ± 15 days Unknown 1
Raung Indonesia 2002 Jun 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2002 Aug 25 (in or after) 2
Galeras Colombia 2002 Jun 7 2002 Jun 7 (?) 1
Pacaya Guatemala 2002 May 30 2002 Jun 17 (?) 1
San Cristobal Nicaragua 2002 May 29 2002 Dec 16 (?) 1
Langila Papua New Guinea 2002 May 25 (?) 2003 Apr 9 (?) 2
Monowai New Zealand 2002 May 24 2002 May 24 0
Nyiragongo DR Congo 2002 May 17 (?) 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Kikai Japan 2002 May 11 2002 Jul 16 ± 15 days 2
Guagua Pichincha Ecuador 2002 Apr 16 ± 15 days 2002 Apr 16 ± 15 days 1
Klyuchevskoy Russia 2002 Apr 9 2002 Jun 9 (in or before) 2
Epi Vanuatu 2002 Mar 16 ± 15 days 2002 Mar 16 ± 15 days 1
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 2002 Feb 9 2002 May 16 (?) ± 15 days 2
Chikurachki Russia 2002 Jan 25 2002 Apr 22 (?) 2
Nyiragongo DR Congo 2002 Jan 17 2002 Feb 3 (in or after) 1
San Miguel El Salvador 2002 Jan 16 2002 Jan 16 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 2002 Jan 13 2002 May 21 3
Piton de la Fournaise France 2002 Jan 5 2002 Jan 16 1
Fuego Guatemala 2002 Jan 4 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3
Etna Italy 2001 Dec 16 (?) ± 15 days 2002 Oct 30 (?) 1
Bezymianny Russia 2001 Dec 10 2002 Jan 6 (?) 2
Walvis Ridge at 33°S Undersea Features 2001 Nov 24 2002 Mar 16 ± 15 days 0
Karymsky Russia 2001 Nov 15 2016 Apr 1 3
Montagu Island United Kingdom 2001 Oct 1 ± 20 days 2007 Sep 20 1
Kerinci Indonesia 2001 May 12 2002 Aug 27 (?) 2
Miyakejima Japan 2001 Jan 11 2002 Nov 24 2
Suwanosejima Japan 2000 Dec 19 2004 Jul 5 (?) 3
Soputan Indonesia 2000 May 13 2003 Sep 4 (?) 2
Bagana Papua New Guinea 2000 Feb 28 (in or before) 2018 Sep 21 (continuing) 2
Kavachi Solomon Islands 1999 Nov 16 (?) ± 15 days 2003 Aug 16 ± 15 days 1
Tungurahua Ecuador 1999 Oct 5 2009 Jul 8 ± 7 days 3
Sheveluch Russia 1999 Aug 15 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 4
Karangetang Indonesia 1999 Mar 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2003 Oct 28 3
Villarrica Chile 1998 Feb 24 ± 4 days 2002 Jun 16 (?) ± 15 days 1
Colima Mexico 1997 Nov 22 2011 Jun 21 3
Ambrym Vanuatu 1996 Jun 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2005 Aug 16 (in or after) ± 15 days 1
Popocatepetl Mexico 1996 Mar 5 2003 Nov 22 (?) 3
Soufriere Hills United Kingdom 1995 Jul 18 2003 Oct 8 3
Ol Doinyo Lengai Tanzania 1994 Sep 18 2006 Jul 16 (?) ± 15 days 1
Merapi Indonesia 1992 Jan 20 2002 Oct 19 (?) 2
Kilauea United States 1983 Jan 3 2018 Sep 15 3
Erebus Antarctica 1972 Dec 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2018 Sep 25 (continuing) 2
Arenal Costa Rica 1968 Jul 29 2010 Dec 16 (?) ± 15 days 3
Semeru Indonesia 1967 Aug 31 2009 Mar 15 3
Erta Ale Ethiopia 1967 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 0
Aira Japan 1955 Oct 13 2016 Aug 22 3
Sangay Ecuador 1934 Aug 8 2011 Mar 2 3
Stromboli Italy 1934 Feb 2 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Dukono Indonesia 1933 Aug 13 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3
Santa Maria Guatemala 1922 Jun 22 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3
Yasur Vanuatu 1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3

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Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.7.4. Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 19 Oct 2018. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.VOTW4-2013