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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 57 confirmed eruptions at some point during 1970 from 55 different volcanoes; 34 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
Karangetang Indonesia 1970 Nov 27 1971 Mar 16 ± 15 days 2
Taal Philippines 1970 Nov 9 1970 Nov 13 1
Akita-Komagatake Japan 1970 Sep 18 1971 Jan 26 2
Jan Mayen Norway 1970 Sep 18 1972 Jul 2 (?) ± 182 days 3
Ruapehu New Zealand 1970 Sep 16 1970 Sep 17 1
Tolbachik Russia 1970 Sep 16 ± 15 days 1970 Dec 1 ± 30 days 2
Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica 1970 Aug 14 1970 Aug 15 1
Deception Island Antarctica 1970 Aug 12 Unknown 3
Marapi Indonesia 1970 Jul 26 ± 5 days 1971 Aug 20 2
Poas Costa Rica 1970 Jul 16 ± 15 days Unknown 1
Sorikmarapi Indonesia 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 2
Lewotobi Indonesia 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 2
Sirung Indonesia 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 2
Rumble III New Zealand 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 0
Etorofu-Yakeyama [Grozny Group] Japan - administered by Russia 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 1
Izu-Oshima Japan 1970 Jun 30 1970 Nov 12 1
Whakaari/White Island New Zealand 1970 Jun 30 ± 30 days Unknown 2
Moua Pihaa France 1970 Jun 21 1970 Jun 23 0
Kanlaon Philippines 1970 Jun 5 1970 Aug 24 1
Klyuchevskoy Russia 1970 May 26 1970 Dec 27 2
Bagana Papua New Guinea 1970 May 21 ± 15 days 1971 Aug 16 (in or after) ± 15 days 2
Langila Papua New Guinea 1970 May 20 1970 Sep 22 2
Karymsky Russia 1970 May 11 1982 Oct 11 3
Lopevi Vanuatu 1970 May 9 1972 Aug 7 2
Hekla Iceland 1970 May 5 1970 Jul 5 3
Asosan Japan 1970 Apr 21 1972 Sep 16 ± 15 days 2
San Miguel El Salvador 1970 Mar 30 1970 Apr 5 1
Soputan Indonesia 1970 Feb 16 ± 15 days 1970 May 26 ± 5 days 2
Kolokol Group Russia 1970 Feb 16 ± 15 days 1970 Mar 16 ± 15 days 3
Myojinsho Japan 1970 Jan 29 1970 Jun 16 ± 15 days 2
Izu-Oshima Japan 1970 Jan 26 1970 Jan 31 1
Tolbachik Russia 1970 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1970 Apr 16 ± 15 days 1
Ulawun Papua New Guinea 1970 Jan 15 1970 Feb 11 3
Batur Indonesia 1970 Jan 5 ± 4 days 1970 Jan 15 1
Lokon-Empung Indonesia 1969 Nov 27 1970 Dec 26 ± 5 days 2
Kavachi Solomon Islands 1969 Oct 28 1970 Feb 6 2
Kerinci Indonesia 1969 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days 2
Kilauea United States 1969 Feb 22 1974 Sep 19 0
Telica Nicaragua 1969 Feb 11 1971 Dec 16 (in or after) ± 15 days 2
Arenal Costa Rica 1968 Jul 29 2010 Dec 16 (?) ± 15 days 3
Semeru Indonesia 1967 Aug 31 2009 Mar 15 3
Ambrym Vanuatu 1967 Jul 16 ± 15 days 1970 Aug 29 2
Erta Ale Ethiopia 1967 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 0
Merapi Indonesia 1967 Jan 12 1970 Jul 2 (?) ± 182 days 2
Etna Italy 1966 Jan 10 1971 Jun 12 2
Masaya Nicaragua 1965 Oct 10 (?) 1985 Apr 16 (?) ± 15 days 1
Pacaya Guatemala 1965 Jul 4 1989 Mar 10 3
Bezymianny Russia 1965 Mar 9 1970 Mar 16 ± 15 days 3
Colima Mexico 1963 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1970 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1
Suwanosejima Japan 1956 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1984 May 16 ± 15 days 2
Aira Japan 1955 Oct 13 2016 Aug 22 3
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.