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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AbrahamSarmiento
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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FrankMcDonald
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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JohnCook
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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GregorMeyer-Bender
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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TrishaLoGrasso
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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SharonSmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so beautiful and frightening at the same time . WOW !

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GraceBarclay
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stunning photo. Take care all you guys/ladies taking photos.

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GuadaLupe
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh por dios! q peligrosamente perfecto!

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ShawnEaly
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who ever captured this picture did a wonderful job

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Guatemalan Volcano" Volcan De Fuego"

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My Cousins In His Yard, 27 Kilometers Away From The Eruption.

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The Earth Claims!!!

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KipVidrine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Regrettably, Mother Nature is the most talented artist ever. Unfortunately millions of species are sacrificed in her work.

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Volcan

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Is A Real Color

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Take Off 19:15 Hrs

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Panóramica Desde La Costanera

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A View Of The Calbuco Eruption From Puerto Varas, Llanquihue Lake.

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FrancoAnnoni
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful yet so terrifying.

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Amazing

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Calbuco Eruption, Another View From Puerto Varas

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Desde Puerto Varas.

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