Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The forces of nature

Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes around the world, ~50 erupt every year. Here are some shots of volcanic activity in 2011.
Lava pours from from a fissure just after daybreak and cascades out of sight into a deep crack near the town of Volcano, Hawaii, on March 6, 2011. Scientists monitored a new vent that has opened at the Kilauea volcano, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high. (AP Photo/US Geological Survey)

An eruption of the Nyamulagira Volcano, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, late November 16, 2011. (Reuters/Kenny Katombe)

Lightning cuts through an ash cloud as Shinmoedake peak erupts, as seen from Takaharu Town Office, Miyazaki prefecture, Japan, on January 27, 2011. (Reuters/Takaharu Town Office/Handout)

Tungurahua Volcano throws incandescent rocks and lava into the sky, seen from the nearby town of Runtun, Ecuador, on December 4, 2011. (Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images)

You can view 32 more photos here. Has anyone been to a volcano or lived near one?

1 comment:

  1. Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii, is one of the most sacred places to visit. It is a place where the earth births herself.