Volcanic eruptions aren’t generally a sight people stick around to watch.
They’re dangerous, extreme and unpredictable. And that can certainly be said for what happened with Chile’s Calbuco volcano just yesterday. For the first time since 1972, it spewed enormous amounts of lava into the sky twice, shocking officials and triggering an evacuation of more than 4,000 people within a 20 km radius.
According to the BBC, the volcano wasn’t under any special form of observation when ash started spewing 11 km into the air. While there haven’t been any reports of injuries as of yet, the ash it created is literally starting to rain down over various parts of South America.
— Sernageomin (Chile) (@Sernageomin) April 23, 2015
Somehwere in all that chaos, however, someone managed to record an absolutely stunning timelapse video of the eruption. It shows lava and ash towering over the volcano as storm clouds begin forming above. It’s an eerie mix of beauty and catastrophe.