This volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene from 254 miles above. ~ The Washington Post

The Raikoke volcano erupts June 22. (NASA)

June 26 at 3:24 PM

Watching a volcano erupt would be cool. But having a front-row seat 254 miles above the volcano? That would be a view.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the breathtaking scene Saturday showing the vigorous eruption of the Raikoke volcano.

Raikoke is an uninhabited island along the Kuril chain, a necklace of narrow strip islands draped 500 miles from northern Japan to northeast Russia. Formerly owned by Japan, the volcanic island — which occupies an area less than two square miles — is under the control of Russia, and has been since World War II.

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