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The Top Ten  December 10 - 17    

Deadliest Volcanic Eruptions

RankVolcanoYearDeaths
1. Tambora, Indonesia 1815 92,000
2. Krakatau, Indonesia 1883 36,417
3. Mount Pelee, Martinique 1902 29,025
4. Ruiz, Colombia 1985 25,000
5. Unzen, Japan 1792 14,300
6. Laki, Iceland 1783 9,350
7. Kelut, Indonesia 1919 5,110
8. Galunggung, Indonesia 1882 4,011
9. Vesuvius, Italy 1631 3,500
10. Vesuvius, Italy 79 3,360
Based on data in Volcanic Hazards: A Sourcebook on the Effects of Eruptions by Russell J. Blong (Academic Press, 1984).
Source: Volcano World, University of North Dakota.

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