There’s one erupting volcano in the continental US: Redoubt in Alaska. The link is below.
According to the way geologists see things, any volcano that’s erupted in the last 10,000 is “active”. There are 160 of those. To a geologist, what’s important is what might blow. That makes some sort of sense, since there are other volcanos that have gone extinct and will not erupt again.
In Hawaii there are three volcanos considered “active”, Loihi and Manua Loa and Kilauea, although only the last is erupting right now (and has been since 1983).
So the answer to your question is either 2 or 160ish, depending on how you count.
I wanna see the red of lava! I count only 2.
If you want to really get in there and see what a recent eruption is like, Mount Saint Helens is excellent. It’s stunning. Drive into the ranger station. You won’t forget it, promise.
Also entertaining is Lava Beds National Monument in California. They’ve got lots of lava tubes to walk through, and native American history. Plus, the place is flat out beautiful on a misty morning. http://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm
Another very amusing place, north over the border of Lava Beds, is another park that allows you to take home pieces of lava from a limited area. I spent happy hours there, and gave some of what I found as gifts. (Wear gloves, though, lava is … you know … glass!)
Geology.com says that there are 169 volcanoes in the United States, but that only 18 of them are designated “very high threat volcanoes.” An article on the United States Geological Survey website says that “about 10 percent of the more than 1,500 volcanoes that have erupted in the past 10,000 years are located in the United States.” Volcanoes that have erupted in the U.S. since 1900 include: Mauna Loa (Hawaii), Kilauea (Hawaii), Mount Baker (Washington), Mount St. Helens (Washington), Lassen Peak (California), Redoubt (Alaska), Augustine (Alaska), Novarupta (Alaska), Trident (Alaska), and Mount Veniaminof (Alaska).
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