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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 85 confirmed eruptions at some point during 2015 from 80 different volcanoes; 39 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
Momotombo Nicaragua 2015 Dec 1 2016 Apr 7 2
Kanlaon Philippines 2015 Nov 24 2016 Jun 18 2
Marapi Indonesia 2015 Nov 14 2015 Nov 14 1
Tengger Caldera Indonesia 2015 Nov 12 2016 Nov 12 2
Lascar Chile 2015 Oct 30 2017 Apr 2 ± 1 days 2
Rinjani Indonesia 2015 Oct 25 2015 Dec 24 2
Masaya Nicaragua 2015 Oct 3 2018 Sep 26 (continuing) 1
Alaid Russia 2015 Sep 29 2016 Aug 11 1
Telica Nicaragua 2015 Sep 23 2016 May 11 2
Copahue Chile-Argentina 2015 Sep 18 ± 3 days 2016 Dec 30 2
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 2015 Aug 30 2015 Sep 28 ± 1 days 1
Klyuchevskoy Russia 2015 Aug 28 2018 Jun 15 3
Saunders United Kingdom 2015 Aug 28 2015 Oct 8 0
Cotopaxi Ecuador 2015 Aug 14 2016 Jan 24 2
San Miguel El Salvador 2015 Aug 13 2015 Aug 13 1
Kick 'em Jenny Grenada 2015 Jul 23 2015 Jul 24 0
Gamalama Indonesia 2015 Jul 16 2015 Sep 8 2
Sirung Indonesia 2015 Jul 7 2015 Jul 8 1
Hakoneyama Japan 2015 Jun 29 2015 Jul 1 1
Sabancaya Peru 2015 Jun 28 ± 10 days 2015 Jul 9 1
Asamayama Japan 2015 Jun 16 2015 Jun 16 1
Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica 2015 Jun 16 2016 May 1 1
Pacaya Guatemala 2015 Jun 7 ± 1 days 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 1
Kuchinoerabujima Japan 2015 May 29 2015 Jun 19 3
Wolf Ecuador 2015 May 25 2015 Jun 2 4
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 2015 May 20 2015 May 27 1
Telica Nicaragua 2015 May 7 2015 May 28 2
Bulusan Philippines 2015 May 1 2015 Jul 17 2
Axial Seamount Undersea Features 2015 Apr 23 2015 May 24 ± 1 days 0
Calbuco Chile 2015 Apr 22 2015 May 26 4
Turrialba Costa Rica 2015 Mar 8 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
San Cristobal Nicaragua 2015 Mar 5 2015 Jun 12 2
Chikurachki Russia 2015 Feb 16 2015 Feb 18 3
Piton de la Fournaise France 2015 Feb 4 2015 Oct 31 0
Raung Indonesia 2015 Feb 1 2015 Aug 22 3
San Miguel El Salvador 2015 Jan 26 2015 Apr 11 1
Sangay Ecuador 2015 Jan 19 2015 Apr 7 2
Soputan Indonesia 2015 Jan 6 2015 Mar 7 3
Klyuchevskoy Russia 2015 Jan 1 2015 May 10 2
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai Tonga 2014 Dec 19 2015 Jan 23 ± 3 days 2
Villarrica Chile 2014 Dec 2 ± 7 days 2018 Sep 25 (continuing) 1
Fogo Cape Verde 2014 Nov 23 2015 Feb 8 3
Chirinkotan Russia 2014 Nov 21 2015 Aug 10 2
Nevado del Ruiz Colombia 2014 Nov 18 2017 May 29 2
Asosan Japan 2014 Aug 30 2016 May 1 2
Bardarbunga Iceland 2014 Aug 29 2015 Feb 27 0
Pacaya Guatemala 2014 Aug 25 2015 Feb 17 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 2014 Jun 29 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Karangetang Indonesia 2014 Jun 8 2016 Mar 15 2
Zhupanovsky Russia 2014 Jun 6 2016 Mar 24 3
Sangeang Api Indonesia 2014 May 30 2015 Nov 5 3
Nyamuragira DR Congo 2014 May 30 2016 May 14 0
Semeru Indonesia 2014 Apr 1 ± 15 days 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3
Shishaldin United States 2014 Jan 28 2015 Oct 16 1
Nishinoshima Japan 2013 Nov 20 2015 Nov 17 (?) 2
Barren Island India 2013 Oct 12 2016 May 17 ± 1 days 2
Sinabung Indonesia 2013 Sep 15 2018 Jun 22 4
Etna Italy 2013 Sep 3 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Ubinas Peru 2013 Sep 1 2016 Feb 27 2
Mariana Back-Arc Segment at 15.5°N United States 2013 Feb 13 (after) 2015 Dec 1 (in or before) 0
Colima Mexico 2013 Jan 6 2017 Mar 7 2
Chirpoi Russia 2012 Nov 11 2016 Oct 18 (?) 0
Heard Australia 2012 Sep 5 ± 4 days 2018 Sep 24 (continuing) 0
Tungurahua Ecuador 2011 Nov 27 2016 Mar 16 3
Cleveland United States 2011 Jul 19 ± 7 days 2015 Aug 18 2
Bezymianny Russia 2010 May 21 (?) 2018 Sep 26 (continuing) 3
Reventador Ecuador 2008 Jul 27 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Ambrym Vanuatu 2008 May 23 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Ibu Indonesia 2008 Apr 5 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 1
Batu Tara Indonesia 2007 Jan 17 (?) 2015 Nov 26 2
Popocatepetl Mexico 2005 Jan 9 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Suwanosejima Japan 2004 Oct 23 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Nyiragongo DR Congo 2002 May 17 (?) 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 2
Fuego Guatemala 2002 Jan 4 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 3
Karymsky Russia 2001 Nov 15 2016 Apr 1 3
Bagana Papua New Guinea 2000 Feb 28 (in or before) 2018 Sep 21 (continuing) 2
Sheveluch Russia 1999 Aug 15 2018 Sep 27 (continuing) 4
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
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
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