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Best volcano eruption photos of 2015

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Momotombo, Nicaragua — A large plume of gas and ash is seen from the rural community of Papalonal, in Leon, Nicaragua, on Dec. 2, 2015. Quiet for many years, the volcano emitted some glowing rock on Wednesday, after gas and ash emissions began Tuesday. In 1610, the city of Leon was destroyed during an eruption of the Momotombo and was relocated west.

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Tungurahua, Ecuador — Tungurahua volcano is seen in the last hours of an increase in its activity characterized by the emission of water-vapor columns with a load of ash on Nov. 15, 2015.

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Fuego, Guatemala — The volcano is seen from San Juan Alotenango municipality, southwest of Guatemala City, on Nov. 10, 2015.

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Cotopaxi, Ecuador — Volcanic ash spews from a volcano in Cotopaxi, as seen from Pedregal, Ecuador, on Oct. 7, 2015

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Mount Sinabung, Indonesia — Farmers work in a field as volcanic material spews into the air in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, on June 17, 2015. Mt. Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in the country, has been put at the highest alert level since June 2 due to the growing size of its lava dome.

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Mount Sinabung, Indonesia — A motorcyclist's face is covered by ash spewed by the volcano as he rides in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on June 13, 2015.

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Mount Sinabung, Indonesia — A photo taken with slow shutter speed captures lava flowing from the crater as seen from Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on June 15, 2015.

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Piton de la Fournaise, La Reunion — Lava flows out of the volcano on May 19, 2015, on the Indian Ocean island. The Piton de la Fournaise started to erupt early on May 17, 2015.

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Galapagos, Ecuador — The Wolf volcano erupts on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, on May 25, 2015.

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Mount Etna, Sicily - Lava flows on May 15, 2015. Mt. Etna erupts on a regular basis.

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Calbuco, Chile — A view from Frutillar of lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015.

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Calbuco, Chile — A high column of ash spews from the Calbuco volcano on April 22, 2015.

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Calbuco, Chile — A large column of smoke streams from the volcano on April 24, 2015

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Villarrica, Chile — One of Chile's most active volcanos in a time exposure on May 6, 2015.

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