Volcanos sometimes do erupt or explode. Although it probably one of the most beautiful nature phenomenon to watch, it’s also one of the most dangerous as well. If you are lucky enough, you can witness an eruption in a lifetime in a beautiful setting.
Such explosions are even visible from space, due mostly to the ash clouds that can reach several thousand feet into the atmosphere.
When Santa Maria’s Santiaguito lava-dome complex in Guatemala exploded in 2016, it does sent volcanic ash as high as 16,500 feet (5 km) above sea level. Due to winds in the area, the ash was drifted westward, while pyroclastic flows descended the eastern and western flanks of the mountain itself.