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    Posted: 06 June 2011 at 15:14

When all hell breaks loose: Lightning tears the sky apart above the glow of the Chilean volcano

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 1:04 PM on 6th June 2011

Flames reach up to the heavens as lightning flashes criss-cross the sky.

These extraordinary images show the full force of Mother Nature as a Chilean volcano erupts for the first time in 50 years.

Ash has been thrown six miles up into the sky and the South American government has ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents.

Winds fanned the ash toward neighbouring Argentina, darkening the sky in the ski resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche, in the centre of the country, and its airport has also been closed.

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Spectacular: A time-lapse photo shows lightning bolts striking around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain

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As a precaution, the government said it was evacuating 3,500 people from the surrounding area


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Nature's force: Lightning and volcanic fire is seen amid and underneath a towering cloud of ash. It is the first time the volcano has erupted in 50 years

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Incredible lightening bolts strike around the plume of volcanic ash and smoke

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An extraordinary cloud formation is created by the ash rising several miles into the atmosphere

The eruption in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain, about 575 miles south of the capital, Santiago, also prompted authorities to close a busy border crossing into Argentina.

It was not immediately clear which of the chain's four volcanoes had erupted because of ash cover and weather conditions. The chain last saw a major eruption in 1960.

Local media said the smell of sulphur hung in the air and there was constant seismic activity.

'The Cordon Caulle (volcanic range) has entered an eruptive process, with an explosion resulting in a 10-kilometre-high gas column,' the state emergency office ONEMI said.

As a precaution, the government said it was evacuating 3,500 people from the surrounding area.

This development is the latest volcanic activity to affect the country. Three years ago, Chile's Chaiten volcano erupted spectacularly for the first time in thousands of years, spewing molten rock and a vast cloud of ash that reached the stratosphere and was visible from space.

It also drifted over neighbouring Argentina, coating towns. Chile's Llaima volcano, one of South America's most active, also erupted that year and again in 2009.

Chile's chain of about 2,000 volcanoes is the world's second largest after Indonesia. Some 50 to 60 are on record as having erupted, and 500 are potentially active.

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Above cloud level the plume looks like a nuclear bomb has just exploded with its mushroom cloud bursting towards the skies

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A woman wipes a thick layer of volcanic ash away from the windscreen of her car

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Headlights on, a car creeps through a street covered in ash. One could be forgiven for thinking this was a wintry scene covered in snow

It was the latest in a series of volcanic eruptions in Chile in recent years. Chile's Chaiten volcano erupted spectacularly in 2008 for the first time in thousands of years, spewing molten rock and a vast cloud of ash that reached the stratosphere.

The ash also swelled a nearby river and ravaged a nearby town of the same name.

The ash cloud from Chaiten coated towns in Argentina and was visible from space. Chile's Llaima volcano, one of South America's most active, erupted in 2008 and 2009.

Chile's chain of about 2,000 volcanoes is the world's second largest after Indonesia. Some 50 to 60 are on record as having erupted, and 500 are potentially active.

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Caught in the sunlight: Beautiful but deadly, the cloud turns fiery red in the sunshine as the eruption continues to belch ash skyward

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Smiling lightning: As molten rock and gases are ejected from the core of the volcano below, what appears to be a 'have a nice day' face is formed from the electrically charged air

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Protection: Carrying bottles of water and soft drinks this man wears a gas mask to avoid breathing in ash

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As darkness falls the centre of this Argentinian town looks like it could be a wintry wonderland in the Austrian mountains

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A car drives through a street covered by ash in the Argentine resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche. It lies 100 miles from Chile's Puyehue volcano

 
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  Quote MargiABC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2011 at 05:21
The ash cloud has gone south and QANTAS has cancelled flights to New Zealand, Melbourne and Tasmania over the Queen's birthday long weekend due to it. Air New Zealand was given permission to fly, at a higher altitude to avoid the ash cloud. A waiting game for those travelling.

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  Quote James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2011 at 14:12
With all this activity around the ring of fire, I wonder if we're due another big event like Japan. I've tried keeping up with what's happening via a few threads on another site but it's full of Chicken Licken types -- the sky is always falling in for them.
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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2011 at 15:30
thanks for your post Margi great to hear what is happening on the other side of the world

as for what you say J today there has been two strong earthquakies in Christchurch one measuring 6 couple more buildings collapsed, experts warning of stronger to come and last time this happend Japan had their big one just a few weeks later.

On the otherside of the rim my friend lives in Seattle in the area are  Mount Baker, Rainer and St Helens she has said that there has been a few rumbles further up that coast around Alaska and of course in the Pacific off that coast there is a huge riff they are worried about


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  Quote MargiABC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 June 2011 at 12:39
All flights to Perth in Western Australia have been cancelled as another ash cloud has headed over that way. Flights to Melbourne have resumed, but flights to Tasmania are still being considered by some airlines.
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  Quote Rose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2011 at 10:50

What wonderful pic of the Chilean volcano but life living with the ash looks terrible ..
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 June 2011 at 13:34
Stunning images, I have one of them as my desktop wallpaper
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  Quote Kevin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2011 at 15:19
Originally posted by Jonnyboy

Stunning images, I have one of them as my desktop wallpaper


Gorgeous pictures, think I'm gonna knick one for my desktop too
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2011 at 21:55
Great Pics!Big%20smile
I'm going to see Vesuvius in a couple of weeks time, and Pompeii, on a tour of Italy , can't wait.(altho non-active Volcano)
Love going to see Rotorua too, with all it's geo-thermal activities there, cool to see all the bubbling mud pools etc..
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