Erupting volcano puts on a dazzling lightning display in Chile

These amazing photos show lightning snaking through the ash cloud from Chile’s Calbuco volcano.


The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile violently erupted in two waves, starting Wednesday afternoon, sending an ash cloud soaring into the stratosphere. The eruption, which was not anticipated by scientists or government authorities, was this volcano’s first since 1972.

Overnight, the volcano put on a dazzling lightning display. As the ash and other material climbed in altitude, the particles mixed together in liquid and ice states, causing an electrical charge to build up much as it does in typical thunderstorms…

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