Tungurahua Volcano Erupts In Ecuador

Volcanoes: Nature at Its Most Explosive

Pictures of colossal eruptions can be frightening — and beautiful.

Volcanic eruptions are among the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on Earth — as the recent photos and footage from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano attest. The sight of a volcano in full, explosive glory, meanwhile, puts in perspective just how insignificant humans can sometimes seem. Here, pictures of some of the mightiest and most dramatic eruptions in recent memory offer a glimpse of Mother Nature's jaw-dropping power.

Mount Mayon, Philippines NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images Mount Mayon, Philippines Mayon Mayon spewed lava and flames for nearly two weeks in January 2018. Mount Agung, Bali NurPhoto via Getty Images Mount Agung, Bali After threatening to erupt for several days, Mount Agung blew five times in late 2017. Showa Crater, Mount Sakurajima, Japan The Asahi Shimbun Showa Crater, Mount Sakurajima, Japan Japan's Sakurajima volcano blew in bold fashion on July 26, 2016, spewing volcanic ash 16,000 feet (three miles) into the sky. The volcano has been erupting in steady fashion since its activity became more prominent in 1955, with thousands of smaller explosions every year. Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland NordicPhotos/Getty Images Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland The volcano in Iceland erupted for the first time in 190 years on March 20, 2010. An ash plume filled the skies for nearly one month after an especially huge release on April 17; as a result, thousands of international flights had to be rerouted.
The Continued Eruption Of The Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
The Continued Eruption Of The Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Barcroft Media via Getty Images The Continued Eruption Of The Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Calbuco Volcano, Chile DIEGO MAIN/AFP/Getty Images Calbuco Volcano, Chile Between April 22 and April 30, 2015, a series of three eruptions rocked the region around this volcano in southern Chile. Pictured here, a rising column of ash and smoke funneled into the sky on April 22, 2015. Calbuco, 2015 MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images Calbuco, 2015 Volcanic lightning — also known as a "dirty thunderstorm" — erupted from Chile's Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015. Tungurahua Volcano, Catalo, Ecuador Patricio Realpe/LatinContent/Getty Images Tungurahua Volcano, Catalo, Ecuador One of the highest and most active volcanoes in Ecuador, Tungurahua gushed lave, ash, and stones during an explosion on May 29, 2010. Undersea Volcano, Tonga Getty Images Undersea Volcano, Tonga This volcano, which delivered an explosion of steam, smoke, and ash on March 18, 2009, is situated approximately six miles off the main Tongan island of Tangatapu, and is one of dozens of undersea volcanoes clustered in the area.
Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Of Tonga
Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Of Tonga
Getty Images Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Of Tonga Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra, Indonesia Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra, Indonesia Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. Several eruptions in the fall of 2013 forced thousands of people living within three miles of the Karo district to flee their homes. Mount Sinabung, 2018 ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP/Getty Images Mount Sinabung, 2018 Indonesian children walk near Sipandak elementary school in Karo, North Sumatra, as Mount Sinabung erupts in February 2018.
Mount Sinabung Eruptions Intensify
Locals Fear The Worst As Mt Sinabung Eruptions Continue
Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images Mount Sinabung Eruptions Intensify Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu An ash cloud rises from the Yasur Volcano in Vanuatu, an archipelago country in the South Pacific, in June 2010. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Handout/Getty Images Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii One of the most active volcanoes on earth, Kilauea erupted dramatically following a series of earthquakes that jolted Hawaii in the first week of May 2018. Kilauea Volcano, 2018 Mario Tama/Getty Images Kilauea Volcano, 2018 People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018. For more than a week, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano has been spewing a relentless flow of lava, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.

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