30 Most Incredible Photographs of Volcanic Eruptions
Puyehue Volcano, Chile – Photograph by CLAUDIO SANTANA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES 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. 2. Photograph by NASA 3. Photograph by CARLOS GUTIERREZ 4. Photograph by DANA STEPHENSON/GETTY IMAGES 5. Photograph by OLIVER SPALT A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet’s surface or crust, which allows hot magma, volcanic ash and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanoes are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. By contrast, volcanoes are usually not created where two tectonic plates slide past one another. 6. Photograph by NASA 7. 8. 9. Photograph by NASA 10.