Most of us probably don’t give much thought to volcanoes in our day-to-day life, but the truth is there are over 1,500 active ones in the world that could potentially leave destruction in their path. Five hundred of those volcanoes have erupted during modern times. Here are some of the most active volcanoes in the world today that you might want to steer clear of in your travels. Then again, if you have a primal desire to live on the edge, you might want to explore some of these potentially explosive peaks.
1. Sangay, Ecuador
The Sangay stratovolcano in central Ecuador has been spewing pretty regularly since 1628, with a few breaks here and there. The many eruptions have led to an ever-changing shape of the summit and crater. The conical mountain is often covered in snow (yup, there’s snow in the equatorial jungle), but the top has never frozen over thanks to its activity. Despite its active status, daring mountaineers continue to climb it.
2. Mount Vesuvius, Italy
Mount Vesuvius is located less than six miles from Naples…and it’s considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes out there. The last time it blew was in 1944, but its most famous eruption was in 79 AD when it obliterated Pompei and Herculaneum. With over 3 million people living nearby and tourists flocking to stroll around the summit, this could be the site of another tragic disaster one day.