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Fearsome Foursome of Eruptions Seen from Space (PHOTOS)

Becky Oskin | Partner
Published: January 22, 2013

Simultaneous Eruptions

NASA Earth Observatory

The Shiveluch volcano erupts on Jan. 11, 2013, seen from above.

With more than 300 volcanoes crowded into a finger of land roughly the size of California, Russia's Kamchatka peninsula is home to the world's highest concentration of active volcanoes.

Only 29 volcanoes are active, occasionally spilling lava down their slopes or shooting steam and ash into the sky. On Jan. 11, NASA's Terra satellite snapped a picture of a fearsome foursome, as a quartet of Kamchatka's volcanoes erupted at the same time.

The four volcanoes -- Shiveluch, Bezymianny, Tolbachik and Kizimen -- are separated by only 110 miles (180 kilometers), according to NASA's Earth Observatory.


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