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The 21st century greatest volcanic eruptions

March 20, 2015, 14:45 UTC+3
Five years ago an eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland began
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The eruption of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier is thought to have begun on 20 March 2010, about 8 kilometres east of the top crater of the volcano. Photo: Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull
The eruption of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier is thought to have begun on 20 March 2010, about 8 kilometres east of the top crater of the volcano. Photo: Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull
The eruption of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier is thought to have begun on 20 March 2010, about 8 kilometres east of the top crater of the volcano. Photo: Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull
© EPA/S.OLAFS
Volcanic ash was thrown several kilometers up, disrupting air traffic for several days. Photo: Volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sending ash into the air
Volcanic ash was thrown several kilometers up, disrupting air traffic for several days. Photo: Volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sending ash into the air
Volcanic ash was thrown several kilometers up, disrupting air traffic for several days. Photo: Volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sending ash into the air
© AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti
Major eruption of Nyiragongo volcano began on January 17, 2002, after several months of increased seismic activity
Major eruption of Nyiragongo volcano began on January 17, 2002, after several months of increased seismic activity
Major eruption of Nyiragongo volcano began on January 17, 2002, after several months of increased seismic activity
© AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
About 400,000 people were evacuated from the city across the Rwandan border into neighbouring Gisenyi during the eruption. According to various sources, from 150 to 254 people were killed. Photo: Magma in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo
About 400,000 people were evacuated from the city across the Rwandan border into neighbouring Gisenyi during the eruption. According to various sources, from 150 to 254 people were killed. Photo: Magma in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo
About 400,000 people were evacuated from the city across the Rwandan border into neighbouring Gisenyi during the eruption. According to various sources, from 150 to 254 people were killed. Photo: Magma in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo
© AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
Sarychev volcano erupted on 12 June 2009.  Astronauts were able to photograph the event as the International Space Station passed overhead during the eruption. Photo: Sarychev volcano, in Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009
Sarychev volcano erupted on 12 June 2009.  Astronauts were able to photograph the event as the International Space Station passed overhead during the eruption. Photo: Sarychev volcano, in Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009
Sarychev volcano erupted on 12 June 2009. Astronauts were able to photograph the event as the International Space Station passed overhead during the eruption. Photo: Sarychev volcano, in Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009
© AP Photo/NASA
Eraption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia began in late October 2010. Photo: Indonesian men looking at Mount Merapi erupting in the Bimomartani Village, Sleman, Indonesia on 14 November 2010
Eraption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia began in late October 2010. Photo: Indonesian men looking at Mount Merapi erupting in the Bimomartani Village, Sleman, Indonesia on 14 November 2010
Eraption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia began in late October 2010. Photo: Indonesian men looking at Mount Merapi erupting in the Bimomartani Village, Sleman, Indonesia on 14 November 2010
© EPA/HADI SUSANTO
347 people were killed during the eruptions. Photo: Indonesian soldiers cleaning the damaged area after Mount Merapi eruptions
347 people were killed during the eruptions. Photo: Indonesian soldiers cleaning the damaged area after Mount Merapi eruptions
347 people were killed during the eruptions. Photo: Indonesian soldiers cleaning the damaged area after Mount Merapi eruptions
© EPA/MOHAMMAD ALI
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption started on 4 June 2011. 3,500 people were evacuated from nearby areasPhoto: Smoke billowing into the sky after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue - Cordon Caulle Rininahue in Chile, 2011
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption started on 4 June 2011. 3,500 people were evacuated from nearby areasPhoto: Smoke billowing into the sky after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue - Cordon Caulle Rininahue in Chile, 2011
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption started on 4 June 2011. 3,500 people were evacuated from nearby areasPhoto: Smoke billowing into the sky after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue - Cordon Caulle Rininahue in Chile, 2011
© EPA/IAN SALAS
A volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake took place on September 27, 2014, . Photo: Mount Ontake in central Japan, 2014 Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
A volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake took place on September 27, 2014, . Photo: Mount Ontake in central Japan, 2014 Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
A volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake took place on September 27, 2014, . Photo: Mount Ontake in central Japan, 2014 Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
© AP Photo/Kyodo News
2014 Mount Ontake eruption killed 57 people. It became the first fatal volcanic eruption in Japan since the 1991
2014 Mount Ontake eruption killed 57 people. It became the first fatal volcanic eruption in Japan since the 1991
2014 Mount Ontake eruption killed 57 people. It became the first fatal volcanic eruption in Japan since the 1991
© AP Photo/Tokyo Fire Department
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The eruption of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier is thought to have begun on 20 March 2010, about 8 kilometres east of the top crater of the volcano. Photo: Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull
© EPA/S.OLAFS
Volcanic ash was thrown several kilometers up, disrupting air traffic for several days. Photo: Volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sending ash into the air
© AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti
Major eruption of Nyiragongo volcano began on January 17, 2002, after several months of increased seismic activity
© AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
About 400,000 people were evacuated from the city across the Rwandan border into neighbouring Gisenyi during the eruption. According to various sources, from 150 to 254 people were killed. Photo: Magma in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo
© AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
Sarychev volcano erupted on 12 June 2009. Astronauts were able to photograph the event as the International Space Station passed overhead during the eruption. Photo: Sarychev volcano, in Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009
© AP Photo/NASA
Eraption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia began in late October 2010. Photo: Indonesian men looking at Mount Merapi erupting in the Bimomartani Village, Sleman, Indonesia on 14 November 2010
© EPA/HADI SUSANTO
347 people were killed during the eruptions. Photo: Indonesian soldiers cleaning the damaged area after Mount Merapi eruptions
© EPA/MOHAMMAD ALI
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption started on 4 June 2011. 3,500 people were evacuated from nearby areasPhoto: Smoke billowing into the sky after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue - Cordon Caulle Rininahue in Chile, 2011
© EPA/IAN SALAS
A volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake took place on September 27, 2014, . Photo: Mount Ontake in central Japan, 2014 Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
© AP Photo/Kyodo News
2014 Mount Ontake eruption killed 57 people. It became the first fatal volcanic eruption in Japan since the 1991
© AP Photo/Tokyo Fire Department

The eruption of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier is thought to have begun on 20 March 2010. The 21st century greatest volcanic eruptions - in photo gallery by TASS.

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