Calbuco, a 2,000m (6,572ft) volcano in Chile, has erupted twice in the past day, sending emergency services (and photographers) into overdrive. The eruption has prompted the evacuation of roughly 4,000 citizens from nearby cities and villages, and the Argentinian authorities have warned their citizens about volcanic ash as well.

The volcano overlooks the cities of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, which have a combined population of roughly 250,000 people. It last erupted in 1972, so authorities were somewhat surprised by the outburst. Calbuco is a stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano), and these are best known for having explosive eruptions – the infamous Krakatoa, Vesuvius and Mt. St. Helens volcanoes are all stratovolcanoes. We can only hope that Calbuco does not decide to blow its top as well.

With the authorities on the ground doing their jobs to keep people safe, we can turn our attention to the photographers that have been having a field day with the eruption. Stunning photos of smoke columns painted red by lava and enormous ash plumes laced with lightning have been pouring out of the area. Check out some of the photos and footage below!

(h/t: weather.com)

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ClaudioN.I.NorItu 1 year ago

Dangerously beautiful!

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AbrahamSarmiento 1 year ago

What am I looking at? Looks like some hellspawn summoning.

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FrankMcDonald 1 year ago

As much as the image is frightening, it is also breath takingly beautiful

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GregorMeyer-Bender 1 year ago

Apocalyptic!

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JohnCook 1 year ago

Pppppppphhhhhhhhiiittttttttttiiiiiiiito.... worlds biggest fart. OK, yes, I do remember how large Pompeii was. I just don't care.

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GregorMeyer-Bender 1 year ago

...and then judgement day came over for a cup of tea...

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PeggyBrazil 1 year ago

Frightening.... earth showing its power.

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TrishaLoGrasso 1 year ago

I think this pic is particularly interesting. If you loom off to the left it looks like there is a face in the ash.

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SamanthaChristine 1 year ago

Is it just me, or can anyone else see a big breasted woman in the ash cloud? Kinda like a ship figurehead?!

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#17 The Eruption At Sunset From Puerto Montt Https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjportfolio/1703343

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javisandv 1 year ago

that´s my school, I´m from Chile, Puerto Montt and was the most beautiful thing that I ever see in my life

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GregorMeyer-Bender 1 year ago

Am I the only one who's reminded of Hiroshima by these pics? Am I the only one who's reminded of Hiroshima by these pics?

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MikeWright 1 year ago

Angry lilacs. Stunning.