Volcanic eruptions look breathtaking and scary at the same time. They tell us that earth is a wrathful and mysterious planet, and it can reveal some of the most terrifying wonders of nature. With fuming gases, powerful explosions, and gushes of magma, volcanoes tell us that nothing is more powerful than nature. Following are 30 incredible photos of volcanic eruptions you'll want to see:
1. Mount Augustine, Alaska – March 27, 2006
Mount Augustine is an active volcano, and it erupts frequently. In 2005, there were signs of life in the region, but in 2006, there was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in 75 years.
2. Chaiten Volcano, Chile – May 2, 2008
In May 2008, the Chaiten Volcano in Chile erupted, which forced people to completely evacuate the town. The town was destroyed by the volcanic activity, which carried on till 8th of May.
3. Puyehue Volcano, Chile – June 5, 2011
The Puyehue Volcano in Chile erupted in 2011 after staying inactive for 30 years. Puyehue started throwing ash, and the government had to evacuate the residents.
4. Mount Etna, Italy – January 2, 2011
The Mount Etna erupted suddenly in 2011 for the third time, and the activity included bursting out lava and plumes of ash.
5. Mount Bromo, Indonesia – December 11, 2010
Mount Bromo is also an active volcano, and it started an episode of throwing ash in November. Then, a series of volcanic eruptions began in December.
6. Mount Redoubt, Alaska – April 21, 1990
Mount Redoubt is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Alaska. On April 21, 1990, photographers captured the image of a mushroom-shaped plume of ashes that rose from this mountain.
7. Mount St. Helens, United States – May 18, 1980
A huge volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, which is located in the state of Washington, US.
8. Mount Merapi, Indonesia – November 1, 2010
When the Mount Merapi erupted in 2010, it killed many people and left many injured from the ash clouds. The eruption was bigger than the last one which occurred in 2006.
9. Mount Rinjani, Indonesia – June 3, 1994
Rinjani attracts tourists from around the world for trekking purposes. On June 3, 1994, the volcano started throwing plumes of ashes into the sky.
10. Mount Krakatoa, Indonesia – May 6, 2008
The Mount Krakatoa erupted in May 2008 after a series of ash throwing which started in April. A lava flow began after the plumes of ash surrounded the area.
11. Undersea Volcano off the Coast of Tonga – March 18, 2009
A great underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific off the coast of Tonga in 2009.
12. Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland – April 17, 2010
A strong and thick plume of ash erupted from the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in April 2010 which was captured by NASA's satellite.
13. Mount Vesuvius, Italy – April 26, 1872
Mount Vesuvius is considered as a terrifying volcano in the world. The eruption of 1872 is considered as a massive one.
14. Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia – October 24, 1994
The Kliuchevskoi has erupted more than 100 times in 3000 years. In September 1994, it started throwing ash and on October 24, it exploded.
15. Mount Soputan Volcano, Indonesia – June 6, 2008
The Mount Soputan erupted in 2008 and plumes of ashes reached a height of 1000 m.
16. Mayon Volcano, Philippines – September 23, 1984
The Mayon Volcano is an active one and in 1984, when it started making explosions, around 73,000 people had to relocate from the area.
17. Sakurajima Volcano, Japan – November 23, 2009
Sakurajima Volcano is one of the most frequently erupting volcanoes in the world. It explodes and throws ashes every 24 hours.
18. Sarychev Volcano, Russia – June 12, 2009
Sarychev is a stratovolcano, and it erupted dangerously in 2009. This explosion was captured by satellites as there were no ground-based instruments in the area.
19. Cleveland Volcano, Alaska – May 23, 2006
Mount Cleveland is an active island based in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Though the eruption was for a short time, it was captured immediately from the space station.
20. Mount Bromo Volcano, Indonesia – September 28, 2006
The Mount Bromo Volcano erupted in 2006 as well. The mountain is a small one but is active and emits ashes into the sky that scatter in the surrounding areas.
21. Chaiten Volcano, Chile – May 5, 2008
The Chaiten Volcano erupted for the first time in 9500 years on May 2nd, 2008. On the 8th of May, it erupted again, but by then, all the residents had been evacuated.
22. Mount Merapi, Indonesia – November 3, 2010
Mount Merapi erupted on 1st November and again on 3rd of November, 2010. It was a deadly eruption and killed dozens of people.
23. Mount Etna, Italy – October 30, 2002
Mount Etna is considered as the most active volcano in Europe. The lava built up for 500,000 years, and it started erupting in 2001.
24. Galunggung Volcano, West Java, Indonesia – June 24, 1982
The eruption of this Volcano resulted in 68 deaths and is considered a deadly one. The eruption was viewed by the passengers of a jumbo jet that was flying across it.
25. Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador – May 28, 2010
The Tungurahua volcano erupted in 2010, and the ashes disrupted many flights in the surroundings. The plumes of ashes rose 10 km above the crater.
26. Mount Pinatubo Volcano, Philippines – June 1991
The Mount Pinatubo Volcano eruption was one of the most spectacular ones as it continued to display its power for 9 hours.
27. Stromboli Volcano, Sicily – 1980
Stromboli is a small volcano island located between Italy and Sicily. It is an active volcano, and it erupted massively in 1980.
28. Semeru Volcano, East Java, Indonesia – August 2008
Semeru is another active volcano in Indonesia. Eruptions and explosions occur in this mountain every hour.
29. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica – 1968
The Arenal Volcano is the most active one in Costa Rica. It erupted in 1968 and destroyed the village of Tabacon. It is a young volcano.
30. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii – January 3, 1983
Kilauea is an active shield volcano and is different from the sharp and high volcanoes. It has erupted three times since 1952, and the eruption of 1983 is still ongoing.