Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photographs of Volcanic Eruptions

The recent photographs from the volcanic eruption in Chile stirred up memories from last year’s disruptive volcano in Iceland as well as the incredible undersea volcano in Tonga the year prior. When volcanoes erupt, it’s a startling reminder to the awesome and terrifying power of Nature. 

From enormous plumes of ash to spewing lava and the menacing look of volcanic lightning, eruptions are a nature photographer’s dream. Here is a collection of the 30 most incredible photographs of volcanic eruptions both past and present. Enjoy!

Cleveland Volcano, Alaska – May 23, 2006




Chaiten Volcano, Chile – May 2, 2008


Chaiten Volcano, Chile – May 6, 2008


Puyehue Volcano, Chile – June 5, 2011


Puyehue Volcano, Chile

Mount Vesuvius, Italy – April 26, 1872


Eyjafjallajokul Volacano, Iceland – April 17, 2010


Eyjafjallajokul Volcano, Iceland – April 17, 2010


Mount Rinjani, Indonesia 1994


Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia – October 24, 1994


Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia – October 11, 1994


Mt. Bromo, Indonesia – September 28, 2006


Mt. Etna, Italy – October 30, 2002


Mount Krakatoa, Indonesia – May 6, 2008


Mount Merapi, Indonesia – November 3, 2010


Mount Merapi, Indonesia – November 1, 2010


Mount Merapi, Indonesia – November 1, 2010


Mount Redoubt, Alaska – April 21, 1990


Mount Soputan Volcano, Indonesia – June 6, 2008


Mount St. Helens, United States – May 18, 1980


Mount St. Helens, United States – May 18, 1980


Mt. Augustine, Alaska – March 27, 2006


Mt. Bromo, Indonesia – December 11, 2010


Mt. Etna, Italy – April 8, 2010


Chaiten Volcano, Chile – May 5, 2008


Mayon Volcano, Philippines – September 23, 1984


Sakurajima, Japan – November 23, 2009


Sarychev Volcano, Russia – June 12, 2009



Undersea Volcano off the coast of Tonga – March 18, 2009


Undersea Volcano off the coast of Tonga – March 18, 2009

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