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.