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What was erupting in the year...?

Statistics for volcanoes and eruptions since 1991; data for 2021 is through the last data update (10 December 2020). Click on each year for the full list of volcanoes and additional details for that year (opens a new tab). Total eruptions counts activity that took place during any (or all) of that year. Eruptions that started as new activity are included in the total eruptions count. 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.

Year Eruptions
Started (New)
Eruptions
Total
Volcanoes
Active
Countries VEI <= 2 VEI 3 VEI 4 VEI 5 VEI 6
2020 22 67 63 28 22 0 0 0 0
2019 27 74 71 28 23 2 2 0 0
2018 37 80 75 28 31 6 0 0 0
2017 33 75 71 29 27 6 0 0 0
2016 35 85 74 28 30 5 0 0 0
2015 40 87 82 31 33 5 2 0 0
2014 39 78 71 30 30 8 1 0 0
2013 34 75 71 29 29 4 1 0 0
2012 37 80 74 27 33 3 1 0 0
2011 35 76 70 27 29 3 2 1 0
2010 33 77 69 24 24 7 2 0 0
2009 31 75 68 25 28 2 1 0 0
2008 46 87 80 28 37 6 3 0 0
2007 36 81 76 29 30 6 0 0 0
2006 44 86 76 29 39 4 1 0 0
2005 46 83 75 28 39 7 0 0 0
2004 49 81 71 27 41 7 1 0 0
2003 30 66 63 25 25 5 0 0 0
2002 42 75 66 25 36 4 2 0 0
2001 35 72 65 26 29 6 0 0 0
2000 39 75 67 29 34 4 1 0 0
1999 39 70 67 26 34 4 1 0 0
1998 32 59 56 24 27 5 0 0 0
1997 26 56 52 23 22 4 0 0 0
1996 35 61 59 25 29 6 0 0 0
1995 33 65 62 29 29 4 0 0 0
1994 33 62 58 22 28 4 1 0 0
1993 28 61 58 24 26 1 1 0 0
1992 27 63 57 24 24 2 1 0 0
1991 38 69 65 27 32 4 0 1 1

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Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.9.2 (10 Dec 2020). Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 17 Jan 2021. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.VOTW4-2013.