“Some like it hot” Cities built on volcanoes – 9/21/17 Update


One of the features about Edinburgh, Scotland that surprised and intrigued me the most when traveling there two years ago is the fact that the city is literally built upon extinct volcanoes. Two of the cities most prominent features, Arthur’s Seat and Castle Hill are both volcanic features. But Edinburgh is not alone. many great cities around the world are built upon or situated close to active and extinct volcanoes. Below is my list.  The most surprising one is Jackson, Mississippi. Please feel free to note others that I may have missed.

  • Aden, Yemen – unnamed (extinct)
  • Arequipa, Peru – El Misti  (photo below)

  • Auckland, New Zealand – Auckland volcanic field (dormant)
  • Bend, Oregon – Pilot Butte (extinct)
  • Cartago, Costa Rica – Irazu
  • Catania, Italy – Mount Etna
  • Christchurch, New Zealand – Canterbury (dormant)
  • Clermont-Ferrand, France – Puy de Dome’ (extinct)
  • Colima, Mexico – Colima
  • Duoala, Cameroon – Mondo ma Ndemi (Mount Cameroon)
  • Dunedin, New Zealand – Dunedin (extinct)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland – Arthur’s Seat (photo below) and Castle Hill (both extinct)

  • Flagstaff, Arizona – Sunset Crater
  • Goma, Congo – Nyiragongo
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala – Pacaya
  • Honolulu, Hawaii – Diamond Head (extinct) and Punchbowl Crater (extinct)
  • Jackson, Mississippi -Jackson (extinct)
  • Kagoshima, Japan – Sakurajima (photo below)

  • Los Alamos, New Mexico – Valles Caldera (extinct)
  • Mexico City, Mexico – Popocatépetl
  • Morro Bay, California – Morro Rock (volcanic plug) – added 9/21/17
  • Naples, Italy – Mount Vesuvious (photo below)

  • Portland, Oregon – Mount Tabor (extinct), Mount Hood, and Mount St. Helens
  • Puebla, Mexico – Popocatépetl
  • Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain – Mount Teide
  • Quito, Ecuador – Cotopaxi
  • San Luis Obispo, California – multiple (volcanic plugs) – added 9/21/17
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (dormant)
  • Santiago, Chile – Maipo
  • Seattle-Tacoma, Washington – Mount Rainer
  • Wellington, New Zealand – unnamed (extinct)
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Merapi
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6 Responses to “Some like it hot” Cities built on volcanoes – 9/21/17 Update

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  2. Christine says:

    Portland, OR has 4 within city limits: Mt. Tabor, Mt. Scott, Rocky Butte, and Mt. Sylvania. Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens are not in the city. (St. Helens isn’t even in Oregon, though it is fairly close to Portland.)

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  4. Bob says:

    Dundee, Scotland is built on an old volcano, known as “the Law”. My home town

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