Spectacular volcanic eruption captured from space

A volcano which has erupted for the first time in nearly 100 years has been captured on camera from space.

The spectacular photograph shows a towering mushroom-shaped cloud of ash and smoke rising over a remote Russian peninsula.

Astronauts on the International Space Station snapped the amazing picture, showing the the Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands.

The islands are an archipelago of volcanic peaks that lie between Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and Japan’s Hokkaido Island.

Nobody was hurt in the blast as Raikoke is uninhabited, but a plume of ash and gas was thrown miles into the sky.

The volcano last erupted in 1924 but rumbled back to life on June 22.

In a statement, NASA said: ‘Several satellites – as well as astronauts on the International Space Station – observed as a thick plume rose.

‘It streamed east as it was pulled into the circulation of a storm in the North Pacific.’