Tuesday, May 6, 2008
When a mountain blows its top . . .
. . . things can get pretty picturesque.
The Chaiten volcano in southern Chile has been doing its thing for the past few days, and there have been some wonderful photographs in the press. Click them to enlarge.
Here, Chaiten is burning at night, below a spectacular lighting storm.
The plume of smoke and ash is blowing right across South America, into the Atlantic Ocean. There's probably more greenhouse gases in the plume than a few years' worth of automotive emissions from US cars.
Mother Nature at her destructive best (or worst, I suppose, if you live nearby!).