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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 52 confirmed eruptions at some point during 1962 from 51 different volcanoes; 29 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 (17 March 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
Gamalama Indonesia 1962 Dec 31 1963 Jan 2 (?) 2
Whakaari/White Island New Zealand 1962 Dec 15 Unknown 3
Kilauea United States 1962 Dec 7 1962 Dec 9 0
Akutan United States 1962 Nov 5 ± 4 days Unknown 2
Bezymianny Russia 1962 Oct 21 1962 Nov 6 2
Miyakejima Japan 1962 Aug 24 1962 Aug 27 2
Tolbachik Russia 1962 Aug 16 ± 15 days 1963 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1
Fuego Guatemala 1962 Aug 4 1962 Nov 9 3
Gaua Vanuatu 1962 Jul 16 (in or before) ± 15 days Unknown 2
Lopevi Vanuatu 1962 Jul 16 ± 15 days 1962 Jul 16 (?) ± 15 days 0
Tokachidake Japan 1962 Jun 29 1962 Sep 16 ± 15 days 3
Yakedake Japan 1962 Jun 17 1963 Jun 29 2
Concepcion Nicaragua 1962 Jun 16 ± 15 days 1962 Jun 16 ± 15 days 2
Trident United States 1962 Jun 9 1962 Jun 9 3
Tongariro New Zealand 1962 May 24 Unknown 2
Akan Japan 1962 Apr 28 1962 Apr 28 1
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 1962 Apr 16 ± 15 days 1962 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 1962 Apr 16 ± 15 days Unknown 2
Cerro Negro Nicaragua 1962 Mar 21 1962 Apr 16 (?) ± 15 days 2
Langila Papua New Guinea 1962 Mar 16 ± 15 days 1963 Aug 11 2
Niigata-Yakeyama Japan 1962 Mar 14 1962 Mar 14 1
Protector Seamounts United Kingdom 1962 Mar 5 Unknown 0
Bagana Papua New Guinea 1962 Feb 15 1963 Jul 2 ± 182 days 2
Karangetang Indonesia 1962 Jan 29 1963 Dec 16 ± 15 days 2
Kiska United States 1962 Jan 24 Unknown 3
Izu-Oshima Japan 1962 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1965 May 16 ± 15 days 1
Kavachi Solomon Islands 1962 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1962 Feb 16 ± 15 days 2
Planchon-Peteroa Chile 1962 Jan 16 ± 15 days Unknown 1
Telica Nicaragua 1962 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1962 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1
Tristan da Cunha United Kingdom 1961 Oct 10 1962 Mar 15 2
Ambrym Vanuatu 1961 Aug 15 1963 Apr 3 3
Colima Mexico 1961 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1962 Dec 1 ± 30 days 1
Tolbachik Russia 1961 Mar 24 1962 Feb 16 (in or after) 2
Klyuchevskoy Russia 1960 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1963 Mar 22 (in or after) 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
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 Mar 17 (continuing) 2
Dukono Indonesia 1933 Aug 13 2022 Mar 17 (continuing) 3
Nyiragongo DR Congo 1927 Mar 16 ± 15 days 1977 Jan 10 1
Santa Maria Guatemala 1922 Jun 22 2022 Mar 17 (continuing) 3
Yasur Vanuatu 1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2022 Mar 17 (continuing) 3

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Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.10.6 (24 Mar 2022). Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 25 May 2022. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.VOTW4-2013.