I wanted to point out a series of images posted by the NASA Earth Observatory that capture three volcanoes that are currently restless or outright erupting ... right now! Well, at least within the last few days.

Puyehue-Cordón Caulle: It seems surprising that after 2 months, the volcano in Chile is still going strong, but sure enough, the volcano is still producing a gorgeous ash plume and some lava flows. The ash continues to cause air travel snarls in southern South America along with causing problems for ski area operators in the region. The SERNAGEOMIN posted a report (spanish) on the 2 months of activity at Puyehue-Cordón Caulle and they say that explosive eruption are likely to continue for the time being, just not at the same level of intensity as the beginning of the eruption.

Kilauea: I talked a little bit about the recent activity at Kilauea eariler today, but in this image, you can see the new lava flows from Kilauea along with vapor plume from the Halema`uma`u Crater pit.

Anak Krakatau: Finally, over in Indonesia, we can see some the activity at Anak Krakatau, as this July 31 image captures the wispy plume from the volcano. What really stands out to me on this image are the gorgeous lobate lava flows that are continuing to build the island itself. I'm also impressed by the little stand of vegetation that clings to the volcanic island - shows just how much life can try to persist in the face of almost constant volcanic activity.

Top left: An undated terrestrially-based image of a small eruption at Anak Krakatau in Indonesia.