It's a good thing Raikoke, part of the Kuril Islands that trace a line between Russia and Japan, is uninhabited. The volcano on Raikoke last blew out in 1924, but it's at it again, and the view from space is spectacular.
The volcano rumbled back to life on June 22, sending a plume of ash and gas skyward. Astronauts on the International Space Station captured a wild view of the action.
The top part of the plume flattens out into what's known as the umbrella region. "That is the area where the density of the plume and the surrounding air equalize and the plume stops rising," said NASA's Earth Observatory. "The ring of clouds at the base of the column appears to be water vapor."
The volcano's activity was enthusiastic, but brief. Satellites kept watch as the ash and gas interacted with local weather.