More than a dozen volcanoes have erupted around the world in a relatively short period of time, which has upset many people, especially on social networks.
“Today I have seen confirmed and relevant reports of volcanic activity in Iceland, Sweden, Japan and now Mexico. There is no way that these are all coincidences …” wrote one of the X netizens a few days ago. His post was not the only one of its kind, and many were alarmed by people who were worried that something unusual was going on.
Experts quickly allayed fears.
Already under the aforementioned publication, an inscription appeared that the number of volcanic eruptions currently taking place is completely average. There are typically 40–50 eruptions occurring at any given time worldwide; as of the date of this publication, 46 were held, the explanation states. Another added that there are no active volcanoes in Sweden. At the time we are writing this, according to the Smithsonian Institute, which monitors volcanic activity around the world, 19 volcanic eruptions are taking place – the closest to us is the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily, which has been going on for almost a year, and we also wrote about the latest events a few days ago mi – although the list does not include all erupting volcanoes.
“It would be more strange if no volcano erupted at all”
“Volcanoes erupt all over the world all the time. This is normal,” the volcanologist and science journalist posted on the X network Robin George Andrews, who adds that there are enough eruptions that some volcanoes will always erupt at the same time. “You know what would be really weird? If no volcano had erupted,” he adds.
As the director of the Global Volcanism program, which monitors volcanic activity around the world, told Newsweek last week, Ben Andrews, there have generally been about 40 to 50 eruptions at any given time over the past 30 years. Since 1991, there have been between 56 and 88 eruptions each year; so far (November 2023, op. p.) 67 eruptions have occurred. Last year there were 85.” He added that media reports and enhanced photos and videos of eruptions can attract more public attention and give the impression that something is out of the ordinary.