Some of the world's most terrifying disasters are also breathtaking to behold. In this gallery are awe-inducing photographs of some of the worst disasters of the last hundred years.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

A smoke ring shoots out of an eruption in Italy's Mt. Etna.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

AP photo of the 1906 San Francisco fire, following an earthquake.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

AP photo of the nuclear bomb exploding in Nagasaki, Japan.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Explosion of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, by Gus Pasquarella.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

A massive avalanche in Utah, by Greg L. Wright.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Huge ash slurry spill in Tennessee, United States.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Oil fires in Kuwait, during the Gulf War. Photos via Lietmotiv.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

What remains of the Bhopal, India facility where a massive toxic gas leak poisoned thousands in 1984. By Luca Frediani

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

US Coast Guard picture of the Deepwater Oil Platform fire

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Fire over a Turkish city, by Vikimach

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Drought in a reservoir in the nation of Georgia. By Vladimir Shioshvili.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

Eyjafjallajokull eruption, complete with lightning, in Iceland.

Beautiful, shocking, and awe-inspiring photographs of giant disasters

A sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City, Guatemala.