During winter, a large amount of snow blankets the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Large amounts of sea ice can also form and collect along the Pacific coastline. As these ice floes grind against each other, they can break up into smaller ice floes that can be moved by wind and current. The southeastern coastline of Kamchatka has an irregular shape and encourages large circular eddies to spin away from the main southwestward-flowing Kamchatka current.

This image was taken by the Expedition 30 crew from the International Space Station (ISS) on March 15, 2012, with a Nikon D2Xs digital camera using a 28 mm lens. The image shows three of these large eddies; they are highlighted by surface ice floe patterns in the centre of the image. The floes may appear delicate and thin from the ISS, but even the smallest pieces are several metres across. This makes these areas very dangerous to cross in an ocean vessel. The white clouds in the top right of the image can be distinguished from the sea ice and snow cover by their high brightness.

The Kamchatka Peninsula contains many currently and historically active stratovolcanoes, including Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Karymsky Volcano and Kronotsky Volcano. Kliuchevskoi is the highest on the Peninsula at 4,835 metres and last erupted in June 2011. Karymsky is thought to have produced ash plumes just a few days before this image is taken as the snow cover on the south and east sides of the summit has been darkened by fresh dark ash. Kronotsky Volcano last erupted in 1923.

Image provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center.


Mount Shindake, an active volcano, has erupted on the small southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima (口永良部島), one hundred and thirty kilometres south of Kagoshima

Authorities have raised the alert to level 5, the highest level, and begun evacuation of the immediate area. The island has a population of 153 the majority of whom are fishermen. 

Image from @spa_flame on Twitter

Your mother did not give birth to a volcano like you just so you can erupt inside his heart soft of vanilla ice cream. You were not born to melt him from the inside out.

Don’t you let him make you any less important than you are, when he makes you his rose in his garden of girls, don’t settle to be only beautiful for him. You were not born to be pretty when you can choke him with your thorns.

You are deadly and dangerous. You are not a wedding boquet nor a daisy in the graveyard.

You are the Amazonas, and your tears are pure and clear like the Niagara Falls. You are wild and craving adventure and nothing is really sure about you like a bridge in the middle of an unforgettable jungle, those who fall in love with you, they might not be alive after you.

You are like a gorgeous mermaid that sings on top of her lungs, and gets the gentlemen following a beautiful voice unconciously like the starving dogs they are. They will keep on walking to your path to finally touch your pearl-like skin, but they will never be able to.
You hunt your own soul and let boys starve in caves, and they are howling; Come on baby, let me eat you naked. But you let the quicksand swallow their greedy hands.
Your mother did not give birth to fire just so you can light up his cigarette; if he does not want to stay, then open the door for him.
You are the only only one, and if he cuts you into two; let the beasts eat him alive.

—  A Volcano In Between Your Legs

2 hours ago this video was posted showing the beginnings of an eruption at Japan’s Kuchinoerabujima volcano. You can see pyroclastic surge and flow deposits shoot off the side of the eruption column as it rises.

This volcano is on a small island with a population of just over 100 people. The volcano has been producing earthquake swarms over recent months, causing warning levels to be increased. The Japanese Meteorological Association has issued a “level 5″ warning saying “evacuate” the area around this volcano.


Mount St. Helens Erupts, 8:32 A.M., May 18, 1980

After several months of grumbling, Mount St. Helens in southeast Washington state roared to life 35 years ago on May 18, 1980 at 8:32 A.M. For nine hours the volcano erupted, destroying plant and animal life in the surrounding 230 square miles of forest. The blast of ash, rock, and steam blew across the land at speeds up to 670 miles per hour, with the ash plume reaching 15 miles upwards. It ranks as the most destructive volcanic event in the United States, leaving 57 dead, devastating hundreds of square miles, and causing over a billion dollars in damages.

From the series:  Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897 - ca. 1980

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