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Explosion near summit of West Mata volcano throws ash and rock. Molten lava glows below.

Explosion near summit of West Mata volcano throws ash and rock. Molten lava glows below.

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has erupted, however the volcano appears to be 'smiling' when seen from the air

Mother nature flashes a smile as Hawaii volcano shows off red hot grin

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has erupted, however the volcano appears to be 'smiling' when seen from the air

Phreatic eruptions - Credit: Photograph by D.A. Swanson on 4 April 1980. Phreatic eruptions  Phreatic eruptions are stream-driven eruptions that happen when water beneath or above the ground is heated up, potentially causing it to boil and "flash to steam," creating an explosion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

50 Amazing Volcano Facts

Phreatic eruptions - Credit: Photograph by D.A. Swanson on 4 April 1980. Phreatic eruptions Phreatic eruptions are stream-driven eruptions that happen when water beneath or above the ground is heated up, potentially causing it to boil and "flash to steam," creating an explosion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Volcanoes - This lava flow contains a river of molten rock that characterizes it as having a low viscosity. Next, get a close-up view of pahoehoe lava. (©iStockphoto.com/JulienGrondin)

Volcanoes: Spewing Lava All Over the Countryside

Volcanoes - This lava flow contains a river of molten rock that characterizes it as having a low viscosity. Next, get a close-up view of pahoehoe lava. (©iStockphoto.com/JulienGrondin)

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