We’re not even exaggerating on this one, so stick with us.
It’s August 2006 and the yacht Maiken was sailing out of the Vava’u island group with the intention of heading to Fiji. At which things became utterly incredible.
Mother Nature, literally giving birth.
The volcano was later identified as being just outside Home Reef, although tragically the island didn't last very long (at least in the form seen here).
Visiting the area several months after the eruption was reported, volcanologist Scott Bryan of London's Kingston University found that the majority of the magma had washed away. However, a noticeable, and probably incredibly creepy scent of sulfur/sulphur remained, signifying that magma was still cooling below.
Nature is incredible.