Alaska's spellbinding Pavlof volcano spewing ash, as seen from the ISS

On May 18th, Alaska's Pavlof volcano exploded in a paroxysm of gas, ash and magma – a violent eruption which was photographed from aboard the International Space Station.


Situated in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, Pavlof began erupting on May 13, 2013. The volcano jetted lava into the air and spewed an ash cloud 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) high. When photograph ISS036-E-2105 (top) was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano (49.1° North latitude, 157.4° West longitude). The volcanic plume extended southeastward over the North Pacific Ocean.


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