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30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

If you pay any attention to the news, it would seem that Mother Nature is quite upset about something. With record-breaking, extreme temperatures, insane winds, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, there’s enough evidence to make all those doomsday preppers feel more than justified in their seemingly psychotic preparatory actions.
In April of 2015, the Calbuco Volcano in Chile unleashed its fury. Before this, the last major eruption was back in 1961. The Chilean military and police had evacuated 4,400 people from a 12 mile exclusionary zone around the crater. This may seem a little extreme, but with volcanic debris piling up to almost 2 feet high in some areas, this proves to be a very necessary precaution to ensure the public’s safety. Ash had been reported spewing 12,000 ft into the atmosphere and had spread all the way to Argentina with the second eruption. Volcanic flow had even caused rising water levels in the Rio Blanco. Take a moment to view these amazing photos of the destructive power, awe-inspiring beauty and extreme danger created by these enormous eruptions.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Absolute beauty and power. It’s hard to believe these pictures are real.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Erupting lava, smoke, and an amazing lighting display.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The lava is being launched incredibly high into the Chilean sky.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

These images are absolutely out of this world.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Look at the lightning casting light onto the plumes of smoke. This really adds some depth to the photo.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Absolutely beautiful. You don’t come across images like these everyday.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

I can only assume how terrifying it must be to see this awesome display of natures power in person.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

I guess all you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best in a situation like this.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The people of Chile hope they have seen the worst.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

This must have been a very long and terrifying night.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Smoke and ash billowed to amazing heights of approximately 12,000 feet into the sky.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

This cloud could be seen for miles and miles.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The people of Chile seemed to be bravely going about their business while the earth spews volcanic lava and ash into the sky.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Here we have an ariel view of the smoldering Calbuco volcano.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Another aerial photograph of the bellowing smoke and ash.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

From far away, you can only imagine the disaster that lies on the horizon.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The volcano’s heat and pressure make for an incredible display behind the city.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

That power, coupled with the winds, carried ash all the way to Argentina during the second eruption.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Here you can see the difference between the smoke and steam.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

More smoke and steam with a helicopter in the shot surveying the area for immediate emergencies.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The smoke has seemed to slow, but the mountainside has been set ablaze from the molten lava.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The hazy view of the city made it appear as if the city was frosted with a mild winter storm.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The ash looks like frost and snow covering everything in this park.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Police re-opening areas to the public.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

In the ash covered streets, you had to cover your mouth and nose to prevent inhalation of the polluted air.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Chilean residents attempted to clear the ash and soot from their rooftops.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The landscape of this ravine had definitely been permanently altered.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

The overflowing river diverted water and debris, washing out the riverbanks.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

Overflowing waters had completely destroyed this building.

30 Astonishing Pictures Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption In Chile That Forced 4,000 People To Evacuate

More damage from the powerful waters that have flooded as a result of the volcanic disturbance.

Check Out The Video Of The Calbuco Volcano Eruption:

Source: CNN

It is absolutely heart wrenching  to think about the hardships faced by the Chilean people affected in this disaster. You have to admit, though, there is an awe-inspiring beauty associated with some of the pictures of the Calbuco volcano. It really gives you a sense of respect and reverence for the amazing power of the forces of nature.

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