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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 56 confirmed eruptions at some point during 1961 from 52 different volcanoes; 32 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 (12 August 2022). 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
Askja Iceland 1961 Oct 26 1961 Dec 5 ± 4 days 2
Cerro Negro Nicaragua 1961 Oct 25 Unknown 1
Bezymianny Russia 1961 Oct 18 1961 Dec 15 3
Lautaro Chile 1961 Oct 16 ± 15 days Unknown 2
Tristan da Cunha United Kingdom 1961 Oct 10 1962 Mar 15 2
Karangetang Indonesia 1961 Oct 9 1961 Oct 19 (in or after) 2
Asamayama Japan 1961 Aug 18 1961 Nov 16 2
Ambrym Vanuatu 1961 Aug 15 1963 Apr 3 3
Tokachidake Japan 1961 Aug 14 1961 Aug 14 1
Bagana Papua New Guinea 1961 Jul 26 Unknown 2
Tangkuban Parahu Indonesia 1961 Jul 16 1961 Aug 1 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 1961 Jul 16 ± 15 days 1961 Sep 16 ± 15 days 2
Kilauea United States 1961 Jul 10 1961 Sep 24 1
Colima Mexico 1961 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1962 Dec 1 ± 30 days 1
Copahue Chile-Argentina 1961 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 2
Villarrica Chile 1961 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 1
Trident United States 1961 Jun 30 (?) Unknown 2
Bezymianny Russia 1961 May 21 1961 Jun 6 2
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 1961 May 19 1961 Dec 16 ± 15 days 2
Tupungatito Chile-Argentina 1961 May 5 ± 4 days 1961 Aug 16 (in or after) ± 15 days 2
Chikurachki Russia 1961 May 2 1961 Aug 10 1
Merapi Indonesia 1961 Apr 11 1961 Nov 28 3
Piton de la Fournaise France 1961 Apr 5 1961 Apr 25 0
Kavachi Solomon Islands 1961 Mar 28 (in or before) Unknown 2
Bezymianny Russia 1961 Mar 25 1961 Mar 26 3
Tolbachik Russia 1961 Mar 24 1962 Feb 16 (in or after) 2
Fernandina Ecuador 1961 Mar 21 ± 1 days 1961 Sep 16 ± 15 days 2
Pacaya Guatemala 1961 Mar 11 1961 Apr 15 (?) 2
Karangetang Indonesia 1961 Feb 28 1961 Apr 16 ± 15 days 2
Kilauea United States 1961 Feb 24 1961 Mar 25 1
Calbuco Chile 1961 Feb 1 1961 Mar 26 (in or after) 3
Gorely Russia 1961 Jan 16 ± 15 days Unknown 2
Langila Papua New Guinea 1960 Dec 19 1961 Sep 25 ± 5 days 2
Slamet Indonesia 1960 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1961 Jan 16 ± 15 days 2
Klyuchevskoy Russia 1960 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1963 Mar 22 (in or after) 3
Mutnovsky Russia 1960 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1961 Jan 16 ± 15 days 2
Okmok United States 1960 Oct 15 ± 45 days 1961 Apr 15 ± 45 days 3
Asosan Japan 1960 Sep 16 ± 15 days 1962 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1
Ulawun Papua New Guinea 1960 Jul 29 ± 3 days 1962 Nov 16 ± 15 days 2
Pavlof United States 1960 Jul 2 (?) ± 182 days 1963 Jun 16 (?) ± 15 days 2
Karymsky Russia 1960 Apr 16 ± 15 days 1964 Dec 16 ± 15 days 3
Ol Doinyo Lengai Tanzania 1960 Mar 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 1966 Nov 28 ± 30 days 3
Krakatau Indonesia 1959 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1963 Jul 2 ± 182 days 2
Lascar Chile 1959 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1968 Jan 31 (in or after) 2
Etna Italy 1959 Oct 17 1964 Dec 31 3
Rumble III New Zealand 1958 Jul 9 1962 Jul 2 ± 182 days 0
Poas Costa Rica 1958 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1961 Jul 3 (?) 2
Suwanosejima Japan 1956 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1984 May 16 ± 15 days 2
Aira Japan 1955 Oct 13 2016 Aug 22 3
Semeru Indonesia 1950 Jul 23 1964 Dec 16 ± 15 days 2
Sangay Ecuador 1934 Aug 8 2011 Mar 2 3
Stromboli Italy 1934 Feb 2 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 2
Dukono Indonesia 1933 Aug 13 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 3
Nyiragongo DR Congo 1927 Mar 16 ± 15 days 1977 Jan 10 1
Santa Maria Guatemala 1922 Jun 22 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 3
Yasur Vanuatu 1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 3

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Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.11.2 (02 Sep 2022). Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 26 Sep 2022. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.VOTW4-2013.