Tourist hiking in nature reserve captures exact moment Chilean volcano erupts
A man has captured the incredible footage of Calbuco volcano erupting
What are the odds of filming a volcano just as it erupts?
A man hiking in the Llanquihue National Reserve in Chile was filming his beautiful surroundings when to his great surprise, the Calbuco volcano erupted.
The volcano, which had been dormant for 42 years, erupted Wednesday, spewing a plume of ash more than 6 miles (10 kilometres) high.
The man had stopped to admire his surroundings when the eruption occurred.
As he pans the camera around the waterfalls ahead of him, he comments on how quiet and peaceful it is.
Then, tilting up to the huge volcano in the distance, he says: “Beautiful.”
Just at that very moment, a huge plume of ash spews from the volcano.
In shock, the man pauses for a moment before he says “Wow”.
Concerned about the potential danger ahead, the man quickly packs up his camera.
The footage recently surfaced on the El After Facebook page – a popular news and entertainment site in Chile.
Since the eruption on Wednesday, authorities have evacuated a total of 4,000 people from nearby communities, and closed access to the area around the volcano, which lies near the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt about 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) south of Santiago.
In addition, a second, spectacular outburst came early Thursday, with lightning crackling through a dark sky turned reddish orange by the explosion.
Chile’s National Geology and Mines Service cautioned that a third eruption could follow and President Michelle Bachelet, who flew to the affected area, said: “We don’t know how the situation is going to evolve. It’s pretty unpredictable.”