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The Pico de Fogo volcano, on an island in the Cape Verde archipelago off the western coast of Africa, began erupting a few days ago for the first time in over 20 years. This is some spectacular footage of explosions, people evacuating, and lava fountaining.

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kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, has erupted continuously from its pu’u o’o vent since 1983, with its lava moving across hawaii’s big island into the ocean.

for the last four months, this lava has been slowly oozing toward the pahoa village, traveling fifteen yards per hours. with a temperature over one thousand degree celsius, the lava claimed its first home this week, which ignited from the heat. 

the first photo is notable for the multiple vortices spinning off the billowing plumes of steam, which rain down drops of hydrochloric acid.  

photos by (click pic) miles morgan, bruce mori, james balog and cj kale

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Iceland By Air with Flight Instructor @robinfarago

For more photos and videos from Iceland’s skies, follow @robinfarago on Instagram

Ísafjörður airport in Iceland is considered one of the most exciting and difficult landing approaches in the world,” says flight instructor Robin Farago (@robinfarago), who gave up a career in law to pursue his childhood dream of being a pilot and trains students at the Keilir Aviation Academy (@keilir) in Iceland. “You are flying into a very tight fjord on a runway heading directly into a mountain, but it’s really spectacular.”

Robin first fell in love with flying when he had the chance to see the inside of a cockpit as a child. “I remember meeting the captain on Scandinavian airlines and they had candy and you could see the buttons and the amazing views. That was when I decided to become a pilot without knowing it.”

Now Robin’s day to day depends on the weather, taking to the skies with students if it’s clear, or working on lectures and administration if the weather is bad. Flight training in the Iceland’s windy and icy conditions can be challenging, but Robin is rewarded by the breathtaking scenery he sees everyday, from the northern lights in winter to summer’s midnight sun. He took a recent trip to Holuhraun, an active volcano close to the Vatnajökull glacier. “To see the erupting volcano on a close, but safe distance was truly amazing, and now I realize why Iceland is called the country of fire and ice.”

Experience the heartbeat of a volcanic landscape at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Pictured here are the Halema’uma’u and Pu’u O’o craters glowing with the Milky Way above the national park. Photo courtesy of Nina McIntosh.