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2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic The June 27 lava flow covers most of Pahoa Cemetery on October 26, 2014. (County of Hawaii)

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic Lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano passes through a fence to the Pahoa transfer station in Pahoa, Hawaii, on November 16, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic In this September 1, 2014 photo, fluid lava streams from the June 27 lava flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. The June 27 lava flow is named for the date it began erupting from a new vent. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued warnings to Pahoa, in the path of a lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island, as the molten rock moved to within a mile of homes.

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic September 1, a closer look at the stream of lava from Kilauea, pouring into a deep ground crack. (Tim Orr/USGS HVO)

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic A melted enclosure containing a time lapse camera that USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientists were using to monitor a lava tube skylight near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii on November 7, 2014. The camera was caught in an overflow of lava surrounding the tripod that melted the power cable and the camera's container.

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic Two boys wear plastic bags to cover their face from ash following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung on January 4, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

from The Atlantic

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic Wind funnels appear over the volcanic ash-covered landscape in Berastepu village, in the district of Karo near Mount Sinabung on January 26, 2014. (Sutanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images)