Astronauts spot Kilauea Volcano's dramatic plumes from the Space Station

By Chelsea Gohd
May 17, 2018, 3:24:28 PM EDT

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station can see the plumes of the ongoing volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii from space, and they shared the sight on Twitter.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting for 35 years. Recently, the volcano's Pu'u 'Ō'ō crater began seeping lava out into the local community after lava levels in the crater started to drop on May 2, according to the U.S.Geological Survey (USGS). Since this outpour began, 18 active volcanic fissureshave opened up, and thousands of local residents have been forced to evacuate the region, according to a new report from CNN.

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(Photo/NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold)

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(Photo/NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel)

This volcanic event has become so severe and expansive that astronauts aboard the space station have been able to see the volcanic activity from space, as they've shared on Twitter. Satellite photoshave detailed the ongoing volcanic activity, but now, Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and A.J. (Drew) Feustel have captured their own shocking views of the volcanic plumes from the International Space Station.

These three crew members fly under the call sign "Hawai'i" — a unique word or phrase used to identify them for communications — which is why they initially had their eyes and cameras focused for the islands. The three crewmembers quickly noticed Kilauea's plumes and shared their views over the weekend.

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