Astronaut spots clouds from Tonga volcano eruption from space (photos)

Astronauts on the International Space Station captured the aftermath of the massive volcanic eruption that tore up a small island in the Pacific Ocean and sent tons of ash into the atmosphere on Saturday (Jan. 15).

Several weather satellites captured the eruption as it happened, revealing the massive cloud resembling a nuclear explosion that engulfed the entire Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga immediately after the blast.