Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption

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Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (3) I had a recipe to post today but it seemed a little insignificant in light of the fact that I was watching a volcanic eruption yesterday and half the night last night. My everyday life may not always be as exciting as food but I think molten lava and volcanic ash is pretty sweet.

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (4) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (5) There were actually two eruptions one started around 6 pm and the second around 1 am. The first one pretty much blew my mind. I mean, I really couldn’t believe it was actually happening. I was all like washing dishes and stuff and look up to see this! How many people get to see this kind of thing in a lifetime? These pictures were all from our house that is about 20 miles away from Calbuco.

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (2) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (6) It hasn’t erupted since 1972 and hasn’t had a major one since 1961. There was some lightning in the first eruption but not enough to capture in a photo. Although my brother-in-law got a video.

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (7) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (10) The best part was when the sunset turned the cloud of ash pink and purple!

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (11) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (9) I’d have to say that the second and more powerful eruption in the night was definitely better. The lightning was incredible and we could hear the lava and feel the rumble from across Lake Llanquihue. I just found out that Calbuco is one of the 3 most dangerous of Chiles over 90 active volcanos and over 500 potentially active ones.

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (12) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (15) Sorry that the night pictures are fuzzy. In my defense I was only half awake when I took them. Here’s a video that is much much clearer. Doesn’t that last one look kind of like a cross?

Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (13) Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (14) We’re literally waiting for the dust to settle now. A family friend who lives a few hours north, which is where the wind has been blowing the ash, sent us a picture of his car covered in ash this morning. I’m not sure how much ash we’ll have settle around here but so far it’s not much. Living in Chile – Volcán Calbuco Eruption (16)

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  1. karla says

    That would be amazing to see. Lucky you! Would hate to deal with the ash fallout sure to come. Stay safe. And thanks for the pics.

    • Tori says

      Thanks and surprisingly no. We didn’t even hear the first eruption until we stepped outside and listened really hard. The second one was louder with all of this low rumbling plus thunder from all of the lightening.

  2. heather says

    Wow great shots! That is really an amazing experience that not many people get to see. Thanks for sharing and glad you are ok I heard they were evacuating people.

  3. says

    WOW! I first saw pictures/video of the eruption online and couldn’t help but think of Mordor from Lord of the Rings… 😉 How cool it must have been to watch! (from a safe distance, of course) #jealous

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