15 Volcanic Eruptions as Seen from Space




There are about 1500 active volcanoes in the world – the majority along the Pacific Ring of Fire – and around 50 of these erupt each year. An estimated 500 million people live near active volcanoes.In the gallery below we look at a selection of Earth’s volcanoes from above. These stunning images were captured from various satellites as well as crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The views from space offer a unique perspective of one of nature’s most awesome and terrifying events.

Sarychev Volcano, Russia


Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia


Pavlof Volcano, Alaska


Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea


Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano, Chile


Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland


Nyiragongo Volcano, DR Congo


Shinmoe-dake Volcano, Japan


Merapi Volcano, Indonesia


Api Volcano, Indonesia


Mt. Etna, Italy


Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland


Chaiten Volcano, Chile


Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia


Pavlof Volcano, Alaska





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