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What was erupting in the year...?

There were 55 confirmed eruptions at some point during 1972 from 53 different volcanoes; 30 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
Erebus Antarctica 1972 Dec 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 2
Tongariro New Zealand 1972 Nov 22 1974 Aug 19 3
Acatenango Guatemala 1972 Nov 12 1972 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1
Kavachi Solomon Islands 1972 Oct 24 Unknown 0
Ruapehu New Zealand 1972 Oct 22 1973 Jan 10 1
Paluweh Indonesia 1972 Oct 22 1973 Jan 16 3
Ritter Island Papua New Guinea 1972 Oct 9 1972 Oct 9 1
Merapi Indonesia 1972 Oct 6 1985 Mar 16 ± 15 days 2
Karthala Comoros 1972 Sep 8 1972 Oct 5 1
Kuchinoerabujima Japan 1972 Sep 2 1972 Sep 2 2
Calbuco Chile 1972 Aug 26 1972 Aug 26 2
Reventador Ecuador 1972 Jul 16 ± 15 days 1972 Sep 16 ± 15 days 2
Kick 'em Jenny Grenada 1972 Jul 5 1972 Jul 5 0
Rocard France 1972 Jul 4 1972 Jul 19 0
Lautaro Chile 1972 Jul 2 ± 182 days Unknown 1
Bagana Papua New Guinea 1972 Jul 2 ± 182 days 1995 Jul 2 (in or after) ± 182 days 2
Galapagos Rift Undersea Features 1972 Jun 29 ± 1 days Unknown 0
Alaid Russia 1972 Jun 18 1972 Sep 11 3
Krakatau Indonesia 1972 Jun 10 ± 3 days 1973 Jul 1 ± 30 days 2
Piton de la Fournaise France 1972 Jun 9 (?) 1973 Jan 16 (?) 2
Fernandina Ecuador 1972 Jun 4 ± 45 days Unknown 0
Unnamed Russia 1972 Apr 29 1972 Apr 30 0
Ambrym Vanuatu 1972 Apr 15 1972 Aug 15 3
Tongariro New Zealand 1972 Mar 19 1972 Jun 6 2
Poas Costa Rica 1972 Feb 9 1973 Sep 8 2
Tengger Caldera Indonesia 1972 Jan 26 1972 Mar 16 ± 15 days 2
Batur Indonesia 1972 Jan 19 1972 Mar 16 ± 15 days 2
Karangetang Indonesia 1972 Jan 16 ± 15 days 1976 Apr 5 3
Central Bismarck Sea Papua New Guinea 1972 Jan 8 1972 Jan 12 0
Erebus Antarctica 1972 Jan 3 (?) Unknown 1
Llaima Chile 1971 Dec 1 ± 30 days 1972 Mar 12 2
Klyuchevskoy Russia 1971 Nov 16 ± 15 days 1973 Dec 16 ± 15 days 1
Villarrica Chile 1971 Oct 29 1972 Feb 21 2
Soufriere St. Vincent Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1971 Oct 4 ± 6 days 1972 Mar 20 0
Etna Italy 1971 Sep 19 1979 Mar 16 (?) ± 15 days 2
Bezymianny Russia 1971 Mar 16 ± 15 days 1974 Dec 16 (in or after) ± 15 days 3
Langila Papua New Guinea 1971 Jan 26 ± 5 days 1972 Jul 5 ± 4 days 2
Jan Mayen Norway 1970 Sep 18 1972 Jul 2 (?) ± 182 days 3
Karymsky Russia 1970 May 11 1982 Oct 11 3
Lopevi Vanuatu 1970 May 9 1972 Aug 7 2
Asosan Japan 1970 Apr 21 1972 Sep 16 ± 15 days 2
Kilauea United States 1969 Feb 22 1974 Sep 19 0
Arenal Costa Rica 1968 Jul 29 2010 Dec 16 (?) ± 15 days 3
Semeru Indonesia 1967 Aug 31 2009 Mar 15 3
Erta Ale Ethiopia 1967 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2022 Aug 12 (continuing) 0
Masaya Nicaragua 1965 Oct 10 (?) 1985 Apr 16 (?) ± 15 days 1
Pacaya Guatemala 1965 Jul 4 1989 Mar 10 3
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.