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Volcano Pictures

Updated on August 20, 2014

Volcano Pictures

Volcanoes are obviously very powerful forces of nature. They have the potential to be extremely destructive, but like so many things that hold danger, we are captivated by them. They have a certain beauty as well when observed from a safe distance.

On this page you will find volcano pictures, some facts, and links to information to whet your appetite. I've included links to other pages that will tell you more about each volcano represented here.

All images are available as posters on

Photo by Mike Baird.

The Beauty of a Volcano

If you want to see some live shots, find a volcano web cam by visiting this site.

A powerful eruption in progress is captured in this image. The photographer, Frank Siteman took this picture of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. It is said to be among the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

About Volcanoes: There are several types of volcanoes. Cinder Cone, Composite or Stratovolcanoes, Shield, Spatter Cones, and Complex or Compound Volcanoes. You can learn more about each of these here.

Another of the most active volcanoes on the planet, the Kilauea Volcano is on the big island of Hawaii, USA. This image shows lava flowing into the sea.

This volcano picture shows the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica when things are a bit more tranquil. This photograph was taken by John Coletti.

About Volcanoes: According to this article there are approximately 20 volcanoes erupting at any given time. Clearly some volcanoes are "extinct" or inactive and some are underwater. There are no active volcanoes on the mainland of Australia although there are some on the islands in the area.

The Arenal Volcano is also quiet here but the glowing orange sky appears to reflect it's potential wrath.

About Volcanoes: It's estimated that there are 50-70 active volcanoes at this time. If you want to see a comprehensive list of all of the volcanoes in the world you can find that information here.

Woods Wheatcroft photographed this placid scene. With a group of Vicuna grazing near the edge of Lago Chungara, the Volcano Sajama sits majestically in the background. This image was taken in Lauca National Park in Chile.

Rising steam adds a sense of the surreal to this volcano picture taken of the caldera (the depression in the center of the volcano) of Mount Etna, Italy. Bethune Carmichael is the photographer.

About Volcanoes: If you're adventuresome, it is certainly possible to take a sightseeing tour to view an active volcano. Of course, visiting one of the most active gives you a chance to see some action in the form of escaping steam or smoke, and perhaps, some lava. Many active volcanoes are within parks and tourist areas. This article tells you which are the most active volcanoes.

This is a shot of another active volcano during the daytime. The steam and smoke can be seen for miles around. This photograph was taken by Sandy Ostroff of Mount Merapi, a conical volcano in Borobodun, Indonesia.

Another active caldera volcano, Krafla is shown in this image. Specifically, it shows Myvatn Lake in Northern Iceland.

This sweeping panorama shows Licancabur volcano in Antofagasta Region in Northern Chile. Photographer Michael Falzone took this picture in the Los Flamencos National Reserve.

This image of Mount Etana in Italy, shows sparks flying against the blackened night sky. A dramatic view captured by photographer Ralph Crane.

About Volcanoes: Even if you can't visit an active volcano, it is possible to keep up with their activity through images on the internet. The link near the top of the page will direct you to some of the webcams available. However, this page will give you access to satellite images.

Viewers get a glimpse of a darkened of Mount Fuji just beyond the city lights of Mitsu Tohge, Yamanashi, Japan. Karen Kasmauski is the photographer

This volcano picture provides a view of a cooling, hardening lava flow.

The location is not identified but the image is provided by photographer Marc Moritsch.

About Volcanoes: Lava is not the most deadly part of a volcano, The blast itself, gases and so forth are more likely to harm you. Although lava can get as hot as 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, it moves so slowly, that most people can easily out run it. This article discusses how close you can get and how to collect lava.

Here you find a crisp view of Lake Taal and the caldera of volcano Taal located in Luzon Island, Philippines.

Noboru Komine is the photographer.

Photographer Joseph Baylor Roberts provides this volcano picture featuring the snow, glacier covered Mount Shishaldin located in the Aleutian Chain of Alaska. It is also among one of the most active volcanoes.

This volcano picture features Mount Karangetang also known as Api Siau. It's located on Siau Island, N. Sualwesi, Indonesia. It shows an eruption against the backdrop of a moonlit night sky.

Jurgen Freund is the photographer.

Showcasing a beautiful sunrise, this image shows Augustine volcano during an inactive period. It is located along the Katmai Coast in Alaska, USA.

Howie Garber is the photographer.

This is a view of a Stratovolcano with the cone protruding. It's located in Crater Lake, USA.

The photographer is Walter Rawlings.

This is a photograph of Kawah Ijen volcano and Sulphur Lake located on the Island of Java.

Jane Sweeney is the photographer.

Above the canopy of trees, we get a view of Mount Gunung Batur. It is an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia.

The photographer is Gavin Hellier.

This image gives us a good look at Koryaksky volcano with snow blanketing it's slopes. It is a conical volcano and lies in eastern Russia, in Kamchatka, East Siberia.

Anthony Waltham is the photographer.

This is a sunset scene of another stratovolcano, this is Villarrica in Villarrica National Park, Chile.

The photographer is Bobby Haas.

A beautiful sunrise scene of Lake Atitlin with San Pedro volcano in the background. It is an extinct composite volcano located in Guatemala.

The photographer is Michele Falzone.

Photographer Bruno Morandi provides this image of Mount Bromo, another active stratovolcano in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Java, Indonesia.

Photographer Jeff Greenburg gives us a look into the opening of Popocatepetl in Mexico. This is another active volcano and the second highest peak in Mexico as well.

About Volcanoes: An erupting volcano has tremendous power. It is said the most powerful eruption occurred in 1883 when Krakatau in Indonesia erupted. The explosion was heard 3,000 miles away. You can learn all about it on this page. You can also learn a bit more about exactly how an eruption occurs here.

Photographer Robert Francis proivdes this image of the Monti Calcarazzi Fissure and glowing lava flows coming down the south flank of Mt. Etna. Mt. Etna is an active composite volcano, the tallest in Europe.

About Volcanoes: Many volcanoes are situated near population centers, putting millions of people's lives at risk. Luckily, there are things we can do to predict when a volcano will erupt. This article provides an overview of how scientists work to predict these eruptions.

With this photograph we get an up close, nighttime view of lava flows as they move forward and finally cascade into the ocean, creating steam and surreal scene. Stephen Alvarez is the photographer.

About Volcanoes: Lava is, of course, molten rock which is emitted from an erupting volcano. As it cools, it hardens. You can learn more about lava in this Wikipedia article.

Volcanic Eruptions

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      InsasiaSic 2 years ago

      Thanks very valuable. Will certainly share website with my buddies.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Wow, what super awesome pictures! Thanks for compiling them here for everyone to see!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow...absolutely amazing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      IT IS COOL

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Our local volcano, Fuego, is blowing its top for about the 6th time this year. Quite the show! I love your photos, thanks for sharing! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I am SquidAngel *blessing* a lens for each of the top 40 level 80 Squids today. This one included! Nice job! WOOT!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Amazing lens. There must be some incredible new shots of the last eruption in Iceland (I won't even attempt to try to spell the name). There was a really cool phenomenon that had lightning bolts bursting from the ash cloud, with lava in the foreground. The photos were stunning.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting and great pictures.

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      LadyelenaUK 7 years ago

      Lovely photos - sadly, all flights from and to London have been disrupted for days, due to a volcanic eruption. The Ashes are thick in the sky. I wouldn't mind visiting a volcano, but from a distance - I'd rather take my binoculars for an "up close and personal view". lol. Great Lens.

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      MikyMike 7 years ago

      Great pictures!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great photos, 5*****. I am sad I lost my photos of volcanoes from Sumatra, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, all from the pre-digital age. It's amazing when you get close to them.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      We actually were visiting Tabacon in Costa Rica and walked the Volcano Arenal about one week before it erupted. Our pictures captured it puffing away ... it was a sight to behold.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      I lived some years on the Canary islands where there are active vulcanos. One of the last erruption buried lots of people and today the hard lava in all shapes and colours is like a huge gravestone over the villages. There is a bus tour on top of it and I can tell you - the passengers were absolutely silent all the way.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful info on volcanoes and enjoyed the pictures. My son was recently on the Big Island of Hawaii but sadly missed seeing any activity. I remember when Mt. St. Helens erupted. Really nice work on your lens. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Beautiful photographs showing volcanoes around the world. You've put together a nice collection of pictures here. It was also interesting to read about the different 'types' of volcanoes -- I never realized there were several different names for volcanoes.