Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Some of the world's most terrifying disasters are also breathtaking to behold. In this gallery are awe-inducing photographs of some of the worst disasters of the last hundred years.

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A smoke ring shoots out of an eruption in Italy's Mt. Etna.

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AP photo of the 1906 San Francisco fire, following an earthquake.

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AP photo of the nuclear bomb exploding in Nagasaki, Japan.

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Explosion of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, by Gus Pasquarella.

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A massive avalanche in Utah, by Greg L. Wright.

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Huge ash slurry spill in Tennessee, United States.

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Oil fires in Kuwait, during the Gulf War. Photos via Lietmotiv.

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What remains of the Bhopal, India facility where a massive toxic gas leak poisoned thousands in 1984. By Luca Frediani

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US Coast Guard picture of the Deepwater Oil Platform fire

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Fire over a Turkish city, by Vikimach

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Drought in a reservoir in the nation of Georgia. By Vladimir Shioshvili.

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Eyjafjallajokull eruption, complete with lightning, in Iceland.

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A sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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There's something so awe inspiring about volcanoes.

This is the one that erupted near my house in Indonesia earlier this month: