10 Truly Fabulous Pics of Volcanoes

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Shinmoedake peak erupts early morning January 27, 2011. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swathe of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday, as one of Mount Kirishima’s many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call on for an evacuation of all residents within 2 km (1.2 miles) radius of the volcano. Picture taken by long exposure. TSUYOSHI N./AMANAIMAGES/SIPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: sipaphotosthree054973

Few things on this planet show as much majestic power as a volcanic eruption. Hot lava and ash spewing out is one thing, but awesome LIGHTNING storms on top of it? That’s just insane and crazy powerful natural forces at work.

Since it is yet again the 10th of the month, we bring you 10 fantastic photos of volcanoes in various stages of eruption. But there were far too many way, way AWEsome (not in the 90s skater boy term, but the truly “awe”-inspiring term) volcano pics on Newscom, so you need to go back and check them out.

Tungurahua volcano

Tungurahua volcano erupts ashes and small stones during an explosion in Cotalo, some 170km south west from Ecuador’s capital Quito, on May 29, 2010. Ecuadorian authorities ordered evacuation for thousands of residents near the slopes of the volcano. LOURDES ROBALINO/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: ptsphotoshot350618

largest still active volcano in Europe

Etna (Sicily), largest still active volcano in Europe.-Eruption of Etna 2001: Lava.-Photo. akg-images / Alfio Garozzo/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: akgphotos078667

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Lava free-falls into the sea from Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, July 26, 2002. The Volcano has been erupting for the last 19 years. HO/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrphotos679085

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano

Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos June 5, 2011. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. Picture taken June 5. STRINGER/CHILE/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour621400

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano

This image released by the Chilean Air Force on June 14, 2011 shows the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano spewing ash. The volcano, which started to erupt on June 4, has spread ash through most of the southen hemisphere and has disrupting hundreds of flights. MIGUEL ZURITA ECHEVERRIA/UPI/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: upiphotostwo093197

Mount Merapi volcano

Mount Merapi volcano spews smoke as seen from Sidorejo village in Klaten, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta November 1, 2010. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted again on Saturday morning, spewing ash into the sky, and prompting authorities to extend the danger radius by two kilometres (1.24 miles). BEAWIHARTA/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour306535

Shinmoedake peak

Shinmoedake peak erupts early morning January 27, 2011. TSUYOSHI N./AMANAIMAGES/SIPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: sipaphotosthree055005

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Ash spews from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano April 23, 2010. Iceland’s volcanic eruption was spewing far less ash on Thursday. INGOLFUR JULIUSSON/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlthree940513

Mayon volcano

Lava cascades down the slope of Mayon volcano near Legazpi City, south of Manila, August 19, 2006. CHERYL RAVELO/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlive467677

There really, really wasn’t enough room to put all the cool volcano pictures in here. So check out the rest back at Newscom.

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