Talk about an out-of-this-world photo! Taken from the International Space Station, the amazing photos show Raikoke Volcano on Russia’s Kuril Islands erupting this past weekend. The massive plumes reached eight miles into the sky, and even caused flight disruptions in that part of the world.
On the morning of June 22, astronauts shot a photograph of the volcanic plume rising in a narrow column and then spreading out in a part of the plume known as the umbrella region. That is the area where the density of the plume and the surrounding air equalize and the plume stops rising. The ring of clouds at the base of the column appears to be water vapor.