Steam vents from an erupting undersea volcano as a new island is formed off the coast
of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands
in this November 21, 2013 picture provided by Kyodo. Japan added another small island
to its territory, after the undersea eruption.
View of Copahue volcano spewing ash behind the lagoon of Caviahue, Neuquen
province, Argentina, some 1,500 km southwest of Buenos Aires, on December 22, 2012.
A view of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, showing Mount Bromo, Mount
Semeru and Mount Batok, on July 23, 2013 in Probolinggo, Indonesia.
Villagers use nets and sarongs to catch offerings thrown by Hindu worshippers at the
crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival at crater of Mount Bromo on
July 24, 2013 in Probolinggo, Indonesia.
View of the Tungurahua volcano from Riobamba, Ecuador, on December 17, 2012.
Ecuador issued an orange alert -- the second-highest warning level -- for towns
near the Tungurahua volcano on the eve, as its level of activity rose, civil defense
A view of Tungurahua volcano erupting, seen from La Florida, Ecuador, on December
Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North
Sulawesi province, on December 17, 2012. Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which has erupted 800
times since July, erupted to spew hot lava and volcanic ash as high as 3,000 metres
(10,000 feet) in the north of Sulawesi island, a government official said.
Volcano Mount Karangetang spews lava as seen from Bebali village in Siau district of
Indonesia's North Sulawesi province, on April 4, 2013.
An aerial view of Anak Krakatau volcano spewing ash and steam in the Sunda
strait, between Java and Sumatra, on February 24, 2013. Picture taken February 24, 2013.
On Hawaii's Big Island, Kilauea, continues to erupt on May 2, 2013. After a 12 km (7.5 mile)
journey from the vent on Pu'u 'O'o cone through a lava tube, lava pours into the ocean in
narrow streams. The lava fragments due to cooling and disruption by the battering
surf, and some of these pieces float on the water's surface in front of the entry point
A small lava flow erupts from a spatter cone near the south rim of Kilauea's Pu'u 'O'o
crater, in Hawaii, on April 20, 2013.
beautiful hardened bubble of glass, about the size of an small orange, adorns the
surface of a breakout on a flow from Kilauea. Note the delicate bubble walls
stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.
Pele's hair is abundant around Halema'uma'u Crater, and originates from the
active, spattering lava lake. When the lava spatters into the air, some of it
stretches into thin fibers, which quickly cool into amber strands of glass, and can
be carried off by the wind. In certain areas there is a nearly continuous carpet of
Pele's hair, which is highlighted in the afternoon sun.
A plume of ash and steam rise from the Popocatepetl volcano overshadowing the
Catholic church in Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, on July 7, 2013. Just east of Mexico City, the
volcano spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high over several days
Ash spews from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, seen from San Mateo Ozolco, in the
Mexican central state of Puebla, on July 4, 2013.
Indonesian farmers rush to harvest crops in the district of Karo as an ash cloud rises
during a fresh eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano, on September 17, 2013. Thousands
of villagers fled after Mount Sinabung's series of volcanic eruptions on Indonesia's
Sumatra island, spewing rocks and red-hot ash onto surrounding villages.
This picture taken on November 23, 2013 shows ash falling in the city of Medan following
an eruption of Mount Sinabung.
A man holds rocks which fell from the sky from am eruption of Mount Sinabung at
Sukanalu village, Indonesia, on on November 24, 2013. Officials reported rocks raining down
over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air, as seen from Karo, North Sumatra, on
December 4, 2013.
An ash covered man works at a coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan village, located less
than three kilometers from mount Sinabung, on November 21, 2013. Mount Sinabung has
had two large eruptions this week including one which saw volcanic ash spewing to a
record height of 10km.
A hibiscus flower on an ash-covered plant at Mardingding village in Karo
district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, on November 19, 2013.
Lightning strikes as Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash and lava, at Simpang Empat
village, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, on September 18, 2013.
A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, photographed from Sibintun village in
Karo district, Indonesia, on November 18, 2013.