Watch Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Shoot Smoke 6 Miles into the Sky

For the first time in nearly half a century, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted with two separate blasts, blooming colorful plumes of ash and smoke nearly six miles up from its mile-high peak.

At least 5,000 residents of the volcano’s surrounding towns evacuated as a blanket of snow-like volcanic ash began to coat their homes and streets. Thankfully, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Check out some amazing time-lapse footage of this explosive volcano:

While Chile has about ninety active volcanoes, Calbuco is considered one of the most potentially dangerous. The eruption came as a surprise to local geologists, however, as it occurred without warning.

A spokesperson from the National Geological and Mineral Service of Chile, Helmuth Huerta, told CNN that geologists expect there may be more eruptions forthcoming from Calbuco.

Aerial image of the Calbuco volcano smoke plume, courtesy of NASA
Aerial image of the Calbuco volcano smoke plume, courtesy of NASA
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