40 Pictures Showing the Awesome Force of Volcanoes ...


Volcanic eruptions are one of those things in nature that fascinate yet terrify us. The awesome force of volcanoes continues to transform the Earth's landscape and cause untold destruction. And like many of nature's forces of such power, volcanic eruptions provide us with stunning sights that leave us breathless from their beauty and terror.

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Lightning through a Volcanic Eruption

Lightning through a Volcanic Eruption Via Personalized Photo Calendars, Custom Calendars ...

Stunning beauty results when a volcanic eruption meets lightning.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Via Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Clouds of stem rise when lava hits the ocean.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Visitors to the park can marvel at the incredible power of nature as they witness the ongoing eruption of Kilauea, which has been active since 1983.

The park is home to a variety of unique features, including the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old lava tube that visitors can explore, and the Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which is an active crater that produces spectacular lava displays. The park is also home to a variety of native plants, birds, and animals, including the rare Hawaiian hawk and the Hawaiian hoary bat.

The park is also home to a variety of cultural sites, including the historic Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which was established in 1912 and is the oldest volcano observatory in the United States. Visitors can also explore the Ka‘u Desert, which is the largest desert in the Hawaiian Islands, and the Petroglyphs, which are ancient Hawaiian carvings in the lava rocks.


Lava Flowing into the Ocean

Lava Flowing into the Ocean Via Flowing in the Sea @ ...

A frequent sight in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.



PUYEHUE VOLCANO, CHILE Via Amazing Picture of Chilean Volcano ...

A cloud of steam and ash fills the sky. Puyehue erupted in 2011.



Drama Via lava-light-galleries.smugmug.com

There's nothing understated about a volcanic eruption.


Mt. Etna, Sicily

Mt. Etna, Sicily Via Lava fountain of Mt Etna ...

Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily is the most active volcano in Europe. This was a display she put on in 2010.


Lava Fall into Hvannargil, Iceland

Lava Fall into Hvannargil, Iceland Via Cứu Dữ Liệu Trần Sang

This is the sort of sight that lends to Iceland being described as the "Land of Fire and Ice" - here's the fire part.


Mayon Volcano, the Philippines

Mayon Volcano, the Philippines Via Mayon Volcano from Bogtong

Most active volcanoes have a plume of steam.


Sakurajima, Japan

Sakurajima, Japan Via Explosion from Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Nature's own fireworks.


Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand

Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand Via Ruapehu ash cloud – Historic ...

I learnt from Pierce Brosnan in Dante's Peak that this is called a pyroclastic cloud.


Popocatepetl, Mexico

Popocatepetl, Mexico Via Landscape, Lifescape

The most active volcano in Mexico.


Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Via travelphototours.com

Kilauea likes to regularly clear her throat.



PUYEHUE VOLCANO, CHILE Via The Volcano - Most Beautiful ...

After the ash and steam comes the fire.


Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Via Costa Rica Vacations & Travel ...

It's been estimated that Arenal used to erupt up to 40 times a day. Today she stands asleep in fertile arable lands producing some of the finest coffee in the world.



Epic Via Live,Love,Laugh

Some volcanic clouds are of biblical proportions.


Mount Etna

Mount Etna Via Timeline Photos - Amazing Geologist ...

A spectacular lava flow in its mesmerizing full glory.


Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu Via yasur_i34741m

Even small eruptions are spectacular.


Grimsvotn Volcano, Iceland

Grimsvotn Volcano, Iceland Via Another Icelandic eruption: Grimsvotn volcano

This volcano lies under the Vatnajokull glacier! Iceland truly is the Land of Fire and Ice.


Lava Scar

Lava Scar Via Aloha Friday / Hula On ...

Lava flows through wounds in the Earth - as if the Earth is bleeding.


Lava Fountain of Mt Etna, Sicily

Lava Fountain of Mt Etna, Sicily Via moonlightrainbow.tumblr.com

Another of the incredible scenes of Mount Etna.


Krakatoa, Indonesia

Krakatoa, Indonesia Via Untitled

Krakatoa is a volcanic island in Indonesia which erupted in 1883. The eruption is believed to be the loudest sound in human history and was heard 3,000 miles away. The eruption blew most of the island away and caused tsunamis resulting the deaths of more than 36,000. The remaining islands/calderas are still violently active.


Mt. Kawah Ijen, Indonesia

Mt. Kawah Ijen, Indonesia Via Spectacular blue lava flows at ...

The lava glows blue in the dark due to the highly concentrated amounts of sulfuric acid.


Lava River

Lava River Via A Brave Man That Photographs ...

The flow of fire.


Mount Kilauea, Hawaii

Mount Kilauea, Hawaii Via Hawaii Volcano Fire

The stunning colors of nature at work.


Nature's Phenomenon

Nature's Phenomenon Via Daredevil photographers brave boiling waters ...

Like a firework bursting out of the ocean.


Earth's Fury

Earth's Fury Via Erupting volcano Hawaii / :: ...

The fire demon that plagues the Earth.



Surreal Via Daredevil photographers brave boiling waters ...

Amazing shapes are formed as gloopy lava folds over previous flows.



Volcano Via Volcanoes

A stunning shot of an eruption from space.


Arching Fountain of Pahoehoe

Arching Fountain of Pahoehoe Via usapics.net

Pahoehoe is the name applied to the particular type of ribbon-like lava flows - most common on Hawaii.


Grímsvötn Volcano, Iceland

Grímsvötn Volcano, Iceland Via Grímsvötn 22.05.2011

An eruption turns the sky black.


Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat Via Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat is considered a dormant volcano - that doesn’t look very sleepy to me!


Mount Etna, Sicily

Mount Etna, Sicily Via siciliain.it

An unstoppable force (despite what Tommy Lee Jones may have done!).


Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland Via Day 143 - Eruption, Iceland ...

This is the volcano that caused all the air traffic disruption back in 2010.


Chaitén Volcano, Chile

Chaitén Volcano, Chile Via geology.com

Volcano calderas are massive. This one in Chile is 3km across.


Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Erta Ale, Ethiopia Via Danakil-Ertaale-eruption 0252

Erta Ale in the Afar Depression (part of the Danakil Desert) is one of the world's continuously active volcanoes.


Tungurahua, Ecuador

Tungurahua, Ecuador Via Amazing ✈ World

I'm now wondering how close photographers have to get to achieve some of the incredible photos we've been looking at.


Golden Shower

Golden Shower Via Blacksmith's fire

Better than any manmade firework display.


Volcano from Space

Volcano from Space Via theorange.co

An aerial view of volcanic activity.


Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland Via All sizes | Lava bombs ...

Flying clumps of lava and rock are known as lava bombs.



TUNGURAHUA, Ecuador Via A Phreatic Explosion Of Guagua ...

Massive clouds of superheated steam occur with a phreatic explosion.

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These pictures are just amazing!

Simply spectacular!!

They are amazing :) nice!

I like the one in Hawaii

Amazing ! Thank you for sharing !

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