Flames of fire shot up into the sky while lightening danced all around when one of Chile's volcanic mountains erupted again the other day on June the 4th. This was the first time in over 50 years for the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain which is about 575 miles south of the capital of Santiago. It was not immediately sure which of the four volcanoes actually erupted though because of the extent of the ash emitted and also the weather conditions at the time. The last time one of the volcanoes in this chain erupted was in 1960.

Ash was spewed six miles up into the atmosphere of the Chilean sky and strong winds carried it over into the neighboring country of Argentina. The acrid smell of sulphur hung heavy in the air and there was constant seismic activity being reported. Airports were closed and the Chilean government had evacuated around 3500 people in the surrounding area. This was done as a precaution while the ash proceeded to heavily coat the area. The ash was so thick that one could easily mistake it for snow by it's appearance.

This eruption is just the latest in volcanic activity in recent years in Chile. In 2008, Chile's Chaiten volcano erupted in a spectacular display for the first time in thousands of years, spewing molten rock and a vast cloud of ash that was visible from outer space. Rivers were swollen and towns were coated with ash in nearby Argentina. In 2008 and 2009, Chile's Llaima volcano erupted also. Llaima is one of Chile's most active volcanoes.

Just another spectacular example of Chile's very active volcanic landscape and Mother Nature's power. Chile is second to Indonesia in the world with the number of volcanoes within it's borders. It has around 2,000 volcanoes with about 500 that are potentially active. It has been recorded that between 50-60 have erupted throughout time. When Mother Nature speaks in Chile, people are forced to pay attention.

Above cloud level the plume looks like a nuclear bomb has just exploded with its mushroom cloud bursting towards the skies- AFP-GETTY Images

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