Volcano turns entire island into world of ash

The Indonesian volcano Kelud exploded with a powerful eruption on February 13, killing three people and prompting the evacuation of 100,000 people. The eruption sent a large plume of ash 10 miles (17 kilometers) high into the sky, drifting west across Java and over the Indian Ocean, causing the shutdown of several… » 2/18/14 10:20am 2/18/14 10:20am

Video: Don't cook canned ravioli in lava unless you want it to explode

The always amazing YouTuber lavapix put an unopened can of Chef Boyardee ravioli in the path of a 2,000 degree molten lava flow. Unlike their previous Coca Cola can experiment, this one exploded throwing pasta 30 feet away. Then the lava ate all the pasta left in the can. » 2/12/14 1:59am 2/12/14 1:59am

Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants of the Future

Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea—and the results of their experiment has just… » 1/27/14 5:40pm 1/27/14 5:40pm

Rocks rain over Sumatra as terrible volcano keeps erupting

The situation in Sumatra is getting worse: Mount Sinabung erupted eight times in just a few hours on Sunday. The volcano's continuing eruptions cover everything with ash and now officials have reported rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. These new images show the ongoing drama. » 11/25/13 12:56pm 11/25/13 12:56pm

Erupting volcano blows unbelievably perfect smoke rings

Think you're cool cause you can blow o's when you smoke? Mother Nature has still got you beat. Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy took a little break from erupting to blow O-shaped smoke rings hundreds of feet in diameter to make every smoker and pot head in the world jealous. Just look at it. It's perfect! » 11/14/13 9:34pm 11/14/13 9:34pm

It's Only Reasonable To Think That This Russian Volcano Looks Like…

The Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka, Russia is going kind of crazy this month. And Live Journal user Lusika33 has been following the eruptions from land and air. It's pretty amazing to think that these rivers of lava are flowing right now. It seems like shooting from the helicopter may have been kind of scary… » 4/21/13 3:00pm 4/21/13 3:00pm

Safely Explore an Erupting Volcano With This Stunning 360 Degree…

A few days ago we posted a behind the scenes look at how the Moscow-based Airpano managed to capture some spectacular footage and imagery of the Tolbachick volcano using a flying drone. But it turns out they also had a 360 degree video camera mounted to one of their helicopters. And the footage of their flight over… » 2/05/13 8:33am 2/05/13 8:33am

How a Film Crew Captured Four—Count 'Em Four—Simultaneous Volcanic…

A volcano erupting on its own is no big deal; they're like earthquakes, no one cares unless it's catastrophic. But to have four separate volcanic cones—each fed by separate magma sources—all erupting within 110 miles of one another simply doesn't happen. Ever. This must be what witnessing Haley's Comet was like. » 2/01/13 12:17pm 2/01/13 12:17pm