Rumbling volcano spews out ash into sky during rocket launch style eruption

This is the spectacular moment a snow-capped volcano shoots a pillar of ashes into the sky.

The Ebeko volcano, located on the northern end of Paramushir Island, Kuril Islands, Russia, is considered a highly active Somma volcano.

Video captured by photographer Elena Kotenko on Sunday (February 7) shows the volcano waking up after a three-month calm period in the eruptive activity.

Ashes and gas plumes can be seen spewing out of the volcano's crater as it sends piles of snow and ice to the sky.

The activities are often described as "rocket launches" as the billows of smoke and the rumbling sounds made it resemble a spacecraft preparing to take off.

According to Volcano Discovery, the eruption was likely a "phreatic" or hydrothermal explosion due to the interaction of snow and ice causes explosions at contact with lava.

"The height of the ash and gas plume is unknown and was not reported by the observatory nor by VAAC yet, but from available imagery seems to be several hundred meters above the summit," it read.

"Ebeko is one of the most active volcanoes at the Kuril islands."

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry reported the last eruption of ash in the Ebeko was in November when it threw a column of dust at a height of 2.5km.

Viewers were stunned when they watched the video.

"Even the eruption is white in Northern Siberia," one wrote and a second said: "The first few seconds look like Sarlacc [a Star Wars character] coming at you."

Last week in Guatemala, a large explosion has been heard for miles around after Volcan du Fuego (Volcano of Fire) erupted and deposited molten lava.

The activity at the volcano was spotted by cameras and could be seen from long distances.

National Seismological agency of Guatemala tweeted on Wednesday (February 2) that "a column of ash at approximately 4,500 metres above sea level was seen, in addition to expelling incandescent material (lava, boiling rocks) which completely covered the volcanic cone."

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