Volcanoes are found all around the earth. Some volcanoes are still active, while others are dormant or extinct. The extinct volcanoes are considered unlikely to erupt again. But the dormant ones can be active at any moment, but usually give warning signs before they erupt.
Case in point, Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18,1980. Part of the top of the mountain was blown away. Within a few short minutes the incredible beauty of the mountain had been stripped away. In its place remained an open wound in the earth’s surface within an area of about 230 square miles. The initial explosion of the mountain released the energy equivalent of 20 million tons of TNT. the total energy output during the nine hour eruption was equivalent to 440 million tons of TNT, approximately 30,000 Hiroshima bombs. Melted snow with volcanic debris, formed huge and destructive mudflows. These mudflows reached speeds of 90 miles an hour, picking up sediment and rock and devastating 150 square milesof forest. These mudflows laid down enormous amounts of sediments covering the area like a stack of pancakes, resulting in a sediment pile up to 600 feet thick in pl;aces. Within five years the layers of strata near Mount St. Helens had hardened into solid rock!
Another eruption occurred on Mount St. Helens, March 19, 1982, creating even more mudflows, which eroded large canyons as they scoured the countryside. One of these canyons is now called “Little Grand Canyon” and is 1/40 scale model of the real one. The geology around Mount St.Helens has changed drastically. The north side of the mountain in which Spirit Lake lies at the base was devastated. But is making a slow recovery. Spirit Lake has a log mat floating within the lake. When Mount St. helens erupted, the explosion caused landslides which generated huge waves on nearby Spirit Lake that stripped the forests from the slopes next to the lake and created an enormous log mat on the lake.
Another well documented volcanic eruption which was a beginning and ending of a volcano was Paricutin from 1943 to 1952. It started in farmer Dionisio Pulido’s field. This volcano gave scientists for the first time the ability to observe the complete life cycle of a volcano. Paricutin reached the height of 1,100 feet in the first year, and when it ceased erupting in 1952, it had grown to be 1,390 feet high above the plain. It is now considered to be extinct. What began as a tiny crack in the ground, right before the eyes of an amazed farmer, is today a major “geographical” feature called one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and attractys tourists and climbers from far and wide.
The east coast of continental United States does not have volcanoes but continental west coast which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, has volcanoes such as Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta, Mount Hood, Mount Mazama (Crater Lake), Mount st. Helens, and Mount Rainier, just to name a few. Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a big volcano caldera. Just look at one of the geological features there such as geysers (Old Faithful).
Volcanoes are not mentioned in the Bible because there are no volcanoes in the Middle East but earthquakes in divers (different) places are mentioned in the Bible (Matthew 24:7). Volcanic activity does go along with earthquake activity. Fire and brimstone mentioned in the Bible could be a type of a volcano with its lava and projectiles (Genesis 19:24).