1. Yellowstone Volcano
The largest in North America, the super volcano is located in the Yellowstone National Park. The volcano has not erupted for more than 600 thousand years and, according to volcanologists, not so long ago began to show signs of activity. If this giant is still awakened from hibernation, at best, its capacity is enough to arrange for another glacial period on the planet. At worst, the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano will wake up all the other active volcanoes on Earth and cause a real apocalypse.
In the southern part of the Japanese island of Kyushu there is a giant volcanic caldera - Ira. Inside the caldera itself are the Japanese city of Kagoshima and the "young" Sakurajima volcano, which arose about 13,000 years ago. Since the middle of the last century, Sakurajima has not stopped his activity, constantly throwing clouds of smoke from the crater. Residents of Kagoshima literally live like a volcano, as the eruption can begin at any time. Despite the fact that special shelters were built directly in its vicinity, it is difficult to say how serious the consequences of its eruption will be.
3. Lake Toba Volcano
On the Indonesian island of Sumatra is the largest volcanic lake on Earth, formed in the caldera of the Toba volcano during the last eruption, which occurred 74 thousand years ago. The activity of such a powerful volcano can have the most serious consequences for the global climate.
It is very likely that a giant volcano can soon wake up again. Scientists are told about this by the release of volcanic gases and the heating of the soil on the surface of the Toba.
4. Merapi Volcano
It is one of the most formidable and active volcanoes in Indonesia and is among the ten most active volcanoes of the planet. Merapi explodes on average once every seven years, bringing down lava flows and ash clouds to the surroundings. For local residents, a formidable volcano and murderer and benefactor all rolled into one: volcanic ash turns the soil around Merapi into the fertile land - farmers harvest several crops per year from the fields. However, people run without looking back when Merapi begins to erupt: lava and stones, the size of a small house, have more than once turned this prosperous land into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
5. Caldera Valles
It is one of the smallest super volcanoes of our planet and the most studied volcanic complex in North America. The caldera of Valles is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. Despite its venerable age (about 1.5 million years), this volcano is still active - the last time 50-60 thousand years ago. But he still gives signs of life, and a resurgent dome rises above the surface without stopping.
6. Taal Volcano
The Taal volcano is notorious for its destructive and powerful eruptions. It is located close enough to the capital of the Philippines and the Pacific Ring of Fire. It is assumed that the lake surrounding it, in fact, is the remnants of the crater of an ancient super volcano. If this hypothesis is correct, one large eruption will be enough for the raised volcanic gas and ash to stay in the Earth's atmosphere for several months.
7. Lake Taupo
Among the fantastic green landscapes of North Island in New Zealand under the waters of Lake Taupo lies the caldera of the great and terrible volcano Taupo. The eruption, which occurred here more than 26 thousand years ago and known as the eruption of Oruanui, became the largest for the last 70 thousand years. And if Taupo, who does not sleep, but only sleeps under the thickness of the water, will wake up again and decide to arrange an apocalypse to this land, it is likely that New Zealand will never please us with its beauties.