biggest volcanoes on Earth, estimated by volume. Includes Tamu Massif, Mauna Loa and a few surprises
1. Eyjafjallajokull Iceland
This volcano caused massive aviation disruption after an ash cloud rising up to nine kilometres erupted in 2010.In April 2010 the huge Iceland eruption combined with the Northern Lights for this spectacular photograph.
2. Mount St Helens USA
In 1980 a series of earthquakes weakened Mount St Helens in the US state of Washington.The massive eruption saw a column of ash rise 24km into the air. Fiftyseven people were killed and billions of dollars worth of damage caused.
3. Puyehue Chile
Volcanic lightning is seen over Chiles Puyehue volcano, in June 2011.The cloud of soot that Puyehue belched out darkened skies as far away as Argentina.
4. Mount Etna Sicily
The spectacular Mount Etna erupts during a dawn in November 2002.
5. Mayon Philippines
In 2009 more than 34,000 people living around the Mayon volcano were evacuated following this eruption.