The View from Above

The site mentioned in my previous post yielded some other interesting pages. This one is a series of volcanic eruptions as seen from space. I imagine that it’s a safer viewpoint than at the volcano itself.

Kliuchevskoi, the most active volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula (1994):

Augustine volcano in the Cook Inlet (2006):

Sarychev Volcano in the Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan (June 2009):

Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano erupted five times in one night this year (2010) after almost three decades of relative quiet. It continued erupting on and off for weeks afterward. This image was taken by the commercial satellite GeoEye-1 on March 30 when the ash reached heights of 27,000 feet:

Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. The smaller plumes of smoke on the slopes on the volcano are forest fires started by lava flows (2002):

Cleveland Volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands (2006):

Popocatépetl, which means “smoking mountain” in the Aztec language, is just 44 miles outside Mexico City (2001):

Chaitén caldera in Chile (2008):

Sierra Negra volcano in the Galapagos Islands (2006):

Shiveluch volcano erupting on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula (2004):

These are some incredible images. I’ve only included some really basic information on each of them, so please go to the actual page to find out more about the photos and the volcanoes.

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