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The World's Deadliest Volcanoes

The Street Logo By TheStreet Staff of The Street | Slide 1 of 42: Most people respect the lethal power of volcanoes. While lava is usually too slow to run over people, active volcanoes are more often associated with violent earthquakes, avalanches, mudslides, tsunamis, huge clouds of suffocating ash and harmful gases. Despite the risk, millions of people live in the shadow of deadly volcanoes. In the 1990s, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior created a list of 16 of the deadliest volcanoes (called Decade Volcanoes) worthy of special study because of their great potential for destruction. Eruptions of these volcanoes may threaten tens or hundreds of thousands of people, and many eruptions can produce a dense, destructive mass of hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively, flowing downslope at great speed toward the cities and towns below. These are the world's deadliest volcanoes:  (Photo: Shutterstock)

Most people respect the lethal power of volcanoes. While lava is usually too slow to run over people, active volcanoes are more often associated with violent earthquakes, avalanches, mudslides, tsunamis, huge clouds of suffocating ash and harmful gases.

Despite the risk, millions of people live in the shadow of deadly volcanoes. In the 1990s, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior created a list of 16 of the deadliest volcanoes (called Decade Volcanoes) worthy of special study because of their great potential for destruction.

Eruptions of these volcanoes may threaten tens or hundreds of thousands of people, and many eruptions can produce a dense, destructive mass of hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively, flowing downslope at great speed toward the cities and towns below.

These are the world's deadliest volcanoes:

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