The Top Ten Largest Volcanic Eruptions to Have Ever Happened

The Top Ten Largest Volcanic Eruptions to Have Ever Happened
The Top Ten Largest Volcanic Eruptions to Have Ever Happened

If you think any of these super-eruptions to have ever taken place in the last 2 thousand years you couldn’t be further from the truth. The eruptions we have today pale in comparison to the ten I am about to show you and their devastating effect on the very movement of the whole plant!

 


The Top Ten Largest Volcanic Eruptions to Have Ever Happened


 

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

10 – Ignimbrite Eruption – 29.6 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 3,900 km3

Now obviously there are no pictures of the ten eruptions listed here, but I have included some of the best photos I could find as well as some facts. Here is the first fact: When you take all the landmass on earth and stick it together about 80% of that land is volcanic in origin!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

9 – Khoraseb Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 3,900 km3

When it comes to eruptions it is not so much the eruption itself that causes problems, but the tsunamis, earthquakes and landfalls that do!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

8 – Goboboseb II Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 4,350 km3

Have you ever heard anyone say this: “there is no smoke without fire!” well when it comes to volcanoes there can be! With slow-moving lava eruptions there can sometimes be little or next to no smoke at all!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

7 – Fish Canyon Eruption – 27.8 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 5,000 km3

Whenever there is a cloud of ash during an eruption there is often lightning seen in the same cloud! Even till today scientists are not sure why this happens.

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

6 – Grootberg Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 5,650 km3

Here is a strange one for you, volcanoes stink! With all the gasses going around most people describe the smell of a volcano as rotten eggs!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

5 – Springbox Quartz Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 6,340 km3

Even if it’s the smallest of volcanoes, the safest point of evacuation is considered to be a 20-mile radius! (32 kilometres)

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

4 – Green Tuff Eruption – 29.5 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 6,800 km3

When a volcano erupts it’s not just lava that comes out. It can be mud, rock, ash even some large crystals have been found after some particularly violent eruptions.

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

3 – Ventura Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 7,600 km3

What is a volcano? It’s a mountain that has opened downwards to a large pool of molten rock that is located just below the surface of the earth. When, when the pressure of it starts to go upwards you get eruptions!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

2 – Fria Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 7,800 km3

How many active volcanoes do you think there are in the world? 100? 200? Try over 500 active volcanoes! And what is really scary is almost half of them are located within the “Ring of Fire” located around the Pacific Ocean and they are all believed to be part of one, world ending super-volcano!

Largest Volcanic Eruptions
Largest Volcanic Eruptions

1 – Tamarana Eruption – 132 Million Years Ago – Estimated Tephra Ejected: 8,600 km3

And I will end this post on the statistic that more people have been killed because of tsunamis caused by volcanic eruptions than all the recorded eruptions that have ever taken place!

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