Amsterdam Island

If a volcano erupts in the middle of the ocean, and there is no one within 2,000 miles to see or hear it, can you actually call that volcano active? 

It is hard to know for sure if Amsterdam Island is active or dormant—it has scarcely been studied—but one thing we can say is that it is remote.

 “What is the most remote active volcano on the planet, farthest from people or even farther from any other land mass that people might live?” volcanologist Erik Klemetti asked in a recent blog post. “That prize almost certainly goes to Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean. Amsterdam Island is staggeringly far from anything:”