The Big Picture

Volcanic activity 2015

A look at volcanoes around the world that have been threatening in the past few months. From Japan to Chile, eruptions occurred in dramatic fashion, forcing many evacuations.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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View from Frutillar, southern Chile, of lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano, on April 23. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Villarrica Volcano is seen partially covered by clouds at Pucon, Chile, May 18. (Cristobal Saavedra/Reuters)
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An Indonesian farmer in Karo district looks at Mount Sinabung volcano spewing smoke and ash on June 3. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra island to the highest possible level. (SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indonesian villagers find refuge in a temporary shelter at Kabanjahe village in Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, June 4. Mount Sinabung has erupted intermittently since late 2013. (DEDI SAHPUTRA/EPA)
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Tthe windows of an abandoned Christian church near Mount Sinabung volcano, can be seen half buried under volcanic ash in Karo district in North Sumatra province on June 5. (SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents sit on a truck as they leave Sibintun village during an evacuation in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 3. (DEDI SAHPUTRA/EPA)
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An abandoned Christian church near Mount Sinabung volcano (background) is buried under volcanic ash and rocks in Karo district in North Sumatra province on June 5. (SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America. (Cristobal Saavedra/Reuters)
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Trees leveled to the ground by pyroclastic flow and covered volcanic ash on Mount Shindake are seen at Kuchinoerabujima island, where the eruption of Mount Shindake prompted authorities to evacuate all 137 islanders, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan on May 30. (KYODO/Reuters)
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Mount Etna spits lava as it erupts near Catania, Sicily, Italy, May 15. (DAVIDE CAUDULLO/EPA)
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An Indonesian soldier assists residents onto a military truck during evacuation in a village in Karo district near Mount Sinabung volcano on June 3. (SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Wolf volcano in eruption in Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador on May 25. (AFP PHOTO/PARQUE NACIONAL GALAPAGOS)
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Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano as it erupts on May 17 on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The Piton de la Fournaise started to erupt early on May 17, with its last eruption dating back to February 4. (RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman shovels out mud from inside a house that was affected by heavy rains mixed with ash from Calbuco Volcano in Rio Claro town, near Puerto Montt city, Chile, May 3. (Carlos Gutierrez/Reuters)
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Tthe Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile on April 22. The Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. (Diego Main/Aton Chile via Associated Press)
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Soldiers remove ashes that fell from Calbuco Volcano, in the town of Ensenada in Puerto Varas, Chile April 30. Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted for the third time in eight days. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
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Residents salvage belongings from their houses destroyed by the floods from the Blanco river after the Calbuco volcano erupted, in Correntoso, in Los Lagos region, Chile, April 29. (MARIO RUIZ/EPA)
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A thick plume pours from the Calbuco volcano, near Puerto Varas, Chile, April 30. (David Cortes Serey/Agencia Uno via Associated Press)
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Victor Hugo Toledo shovels volcanic ash from the eruption of the volcano Calbuco, from the entrance of his home home in Puerto Varas, Chile, April 26. (Luis Hidalgo/Associated Press)
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Vegetation covered with ash from the Calbuco Volcano in La Ensenada, southern Chile, on April 26. A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, Calbuco sprang to life in spectacular bursts of ash and lava, forcing 6,500 people living nearby to evacuate and blanketed southern Chile in suffocating volcanic debris. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP PHOTO)
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A soldier helps cleaning a house after the eruption of Chilean Calbuco volcano in the area of Correntoso, close to Chamiza locality, Los Lagos region, southern Chile, April 25. (FELIPE TRUEBA/EPA)
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A man reacts as he stands inside a pool with dead salmon at a salmon production plant which was damaged by lahar from Calbuco Volcano at Correntoso near Chamiza, April 25, 2015. (IVAN ALVARADO/Reuters)
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Shot through a window, volcanic ash floats in the air after the eruption of the Calbuco volcano along a road leading to the town of Ensenada in the municipality of Puerto Varas, Chile, April 24. (Luis Hidalgo/Associated Press)
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A flower is seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes April 23. (Patricio Rodriguez/Reuters)
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Edubino Baez wears a mask as protection against volcanic ash as he waits inside a military truck during an evacuation operation along the Rio Blanco in Puerto Montt area, Chile, April 25. (Luis Hidalgo/Associated Press)
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View of the Calbuco volcano from Puerto Varas on April 24. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Locals round up cows to be transported from Ensenada which is covered with ashes from Calbuco Volcano, April 27. Massive cleanup efforts continue in Chile after volcano Calbuco erupted without warning. (IVAN ALVARADO/Reuters)
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A sculpture is seen next to a soldier at Ensenada town, which is covered in ash from Calbuco volcano, in Puerto Varas, Chile April 30. (IVAN ALVARADO/Reuters)
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The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, April 23. The volcano erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile, and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanos. (David Cortes Serey/Agencia Uno via Associated Press)
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