@Animandel - I understand what you are saying about volcanoes being a force of nature and having the power to destroy houses and vegetation and pretty much anything that gets in their paths. However, on the other side of the coin, the volcanoes also have the ability to create new land.
I have seen lava from an active volcano flowing into the sea. Once the water hits the lava and the lava cools it forms new land. Isn't this amazing that after all these years the earth is still changing and expanding?