Seeing as the Earth is a puny nugget of metal sitting atop a nearly 2000 mile-thick mantle of high-pressure flowing rock, it’s no surprise that the rock occasionally seeps out, either slowly or explosively, through the surface. It’s pretty cool to see the magma glowing beside Sicily’s nighttime lights, though.
A volcano erupted Friday in southwest Japan, sending bursts of lava flowing out of the side.
Mount Sakurajima unleashed grey smoke and streaking flashes of lightning. There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to the Guardian, but officials did ban entry to the site.
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile is erupting for the first time in 42 years, spewing huge amounts of ash into the atmosphere and prompting evacuations across a 24-mile wide area. And the results are absolutely stunning.