Ash and lightning: The phenomenon of volcanic activity triggering lightning was seen this week at the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile.
Ash and lightning: The phenomenon of volcanic activity triggering lightning was seen this week at the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile.Courtesy guano
The residents of the small coastal Chilean village of Chaiten got a huge suprise over the weekend: a long dormant volcano suddenly erupted, forcing 4,500 residents to suddenly evacuate the town in early winter conditions. Be sure to click through all the photos in the link's slide show. The views are spectacular. Here is a slide show from National Geographic. And here is a video report of the eruption. So far, one person has been found dead at the eruption site, but the volcano continues to spew ash into the sky. Because the volcano was thought to be dormant, it hasn't been monitored for underground activity like many other volcanoes across the globe.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Kunicki24's picture
Kunicki24 says:

Thats sad, isn't there a way for people to know if the volcano is going to erupt. hmm... hope every thing is okay

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:51am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Geologists keep their eyes and ears (and technical equipment) watching active volcanoes. The problem with Chiaten was that it was considered dormant since it hadn't erupted in 9,000 years and the experts have not been monitoring it.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:57am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

whew i'm so glad that i don't live near by a Vocanol. And that must be scary when the erupted happen

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:58am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

id love to see an explosion of a volcano. that would be ssssssooo ssssweet!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:02am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

dang really. i also wanna see an explosion of a volcano.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:16am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Dang... I hate lightning but I'm not terrified by them though... I just hate it when it kills all of the lights in our house...

U Kno Wat Im Sayin!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:19am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Here's a link to some more impressive photos of the damage that thick coats of ash have done to farms in south Chile after the eruption of the volcano. Animals on the farms have been abandoned due to danger from the ongoing eruptions.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 9:43am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

New rumblings from the volcano have geologists worried...

posted on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 12:12pm

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