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January 3, 2014

Erupting volcanoes

Photographers in different parts of the world have been busy covering active volcanoes in recent weeks. In Indonesia, Italy, El Salvador and Japan, the craters in the earth erupted with lava, gases, or ash. --Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

People observe an eruption at the South East Crater of Mt. Etna from the monitoring station of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology at the Schiena dell'Asino, near Catania, in Sicily, southern Italy, early Dec. 30. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano at 3,350 meters. (Salvatore Allegra/Associated Press)

A family chats with their neighbor as they leave their house to temporary shelter, with Mount Sinabung spewing ash in the background as seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, Nov. 29. (Beawiharta/Reuters) #

A cross is seen atop a church steeple as ash from Mount Sinabung spews in the background, as seen from Kebayaken village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province Nov. 30. (Beawiharta/Reuters) #

A woman covers her nose as she rides on a truck on a road covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung, in Tiganderket, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec. 5. About 15,000 people have been evacuated from 17 villages on the slope of Mount Sinabung after authorities raised the alert status of the rumbling volcano to the highest level on Nov. 24. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

Star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air in this long exposure image taken from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 28. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

An animal lover from Medan gives food to dogs at the abandoned village of Mardinding, in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province Dec. 2, following the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano. Indonesia has ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents near the active volcano. (Beawiharta/Reuters) #

Mt. Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, Nov. 28. (Salvatore Allegra/Associated Press) #

A villager walks along the slopes of Mount Sinabung at Tiga Pancur village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province Nov. 30. (Beawiharta /Reuters) #

A couple, with their belongings, rides on a motorcycle back to temporary shelter, while at the slopes of Mount Sinabung at Temberun village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province Nov. 29. (Beawiharta /Reuters) #

An Indonesian student wears mask during class as a reflection in the window shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic ash, at an elementary school in Suka Ndebi village, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 29. (Ade Sinuhaji/EPA) #

Smokes spews out of the Chaparrastique volcano in San Miguel, El Salvador,Dec. 30. Salvadorean President Mauricio Funes visited the area after an eruption on Dec. 29 led to the evacuation of thousands of people over safety concerns. (El Salvador Ministry of Environment/EPA) #

A child plays amongst quilts at a school being used as a shelter for residents evacuated from the surrounding areas of the Chaparrastique volcano in the municipality of San Miguel Dec. 30. (Ulises Rodriguez/Reuters) #

A man watches as Mount Sinabung erupts in Gundaling, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec. 4. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

A newly created small islet (R) and Nishinoshima island (L,) are conjoined with erupting lava at the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo. A smouldering islet created by undersea volcanic eruptions off Japan's Pacific coast has grown with a continuous lava flow to conjoin a nearby island. (Japan Coast Guard/AFP/Getty Images) #

A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay -- for now at least, scientists said on Dec. 10, adding the new landmass could withstand erosion for several years. (Japan Coast Guard/AFP photo) #

Mt. Etna spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, Dec. 15. (Salvatore Allegra/Associated Press) #

A worker whose head and shoulders are covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung takes a break at a nursery of a coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 27. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

A farmer cleans ash from his chilli plants at Kebayakan village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province Dec. 1. (Beawiharta/Reuters) #

A resident rides his motorcycles as mount Sinabung spews smoke and ashes, at Tiga Serangkai village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 24. (Dedi Sahputra/EPA) #

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic hot gas and ashes from Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec. 30. (Dedi Sahputra/EPA) #

Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Dec. 16. The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily yesterday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky. (Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images) #

Smoke pours from the Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador as seen in this Twitter picture taken by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio aboard the International Space Station Dec. 30. (Rick Mastracchio/NASA via Reuters) #

A man watches as the Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air in the city of San Miguel, El Salvador, Dec. 29. The spokesman for El Salvador's Red Cross says evacuations have been ordered for inhabitants living within about two miles (three kilometers) of the peak. The volcano last erupted in 1976. (Nely Villatoro/Imagenes Libres via Associated Press) #

Birds fly past Mount Sinabung as it spews clouds of gas during an eruption in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan. 1. (Dedy Zulkifli/Associated Press) #

Lava spews from the South East Crater of Mt. Etna during an eruption, in Sicily, southern Italy, Dec. 30. (Salvatore Allegra/Associated Press) #

Indonesian men watch Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials during an eruption in Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan. 3. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

 
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