Several massive volcanic erupted around the world in 2015

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung, one of more than 100 active volcanoes in the country, emitted enormous plumes of smoke and ash throughout the year, leading to the evacuation of more than 10,000. And just earlier this month, Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano reactivated after it was dormant for more than 100 years.

Here are the the other volcanoes that lit up the sky this year.

A so-called “dirty thunderstorm” with volcanic lightning seen as Mount Etna erupts on Dec. 3.

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Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the sky, from the village of Tiga Pancur in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 25. Mount Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which sits on the Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic activity that runs around the Pacific Ocean basin. Read more…

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2015: The year in volcanoes