Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex began erupting on June 4th. The PCCVC is located in the south of Chile, about 500 miles south of Santiago. As far as I've heard, the eruption has not resulted in anyone's death. However, over three thousand people have been evacuated. And as the ash cloud spread out across Argentina, many flights were canceled. Including the one that was suppose to take my mom and Joe home. (Of course they didn't find this out until after they were dropped off at the airport.) 

In case you were wondering, the last time this volcano erupted was after the 1960 Valdivia earthquake (the strongest recorded earthquake in history). 

Here are some incredible photos of the eruption. (Needless to say, I didn't take a single one of these.)

The eruption sent a cloud of ash and smoke over 6 miles into the sky.

Another side effect of the giant ash cloud is volcanic lighting. This type of lighting occurs because of the static charge caused by the dust particles in the plume of ash. 

Lots of lightning.

The Eye of Sauron. 

Since the eruption, ash has been blanketing the ground across the region, including over the border in Argentina. 

Cleaning up in Bariloche, Argentina


  1. That is one great blog. The photo's are excellent though I take exception to the idea that had you been there your pictures wouldn't have been wonderful as well.

    Think this might (could have) offer(ed) wonderful teaching point(s). There is nothing like current events, and/or practical life situations, to stimulate learning experiences.

  2. Love the pictures, particularly the one with the lightning. The strangest thing about our canceled flight is that we noticed most other airlines had no cancellations. We were told that the ash only affected the air paths used by TAM.