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Part of the coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake is covered with ash from Puyehue volcano in Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chiwi Giambirtone / REUTERS

A close-up picture shows ash from Puyehue volcano floating in the Gol-Gol River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alvaro Vidal / Associated Press

People walk on a street in southern Argentina blanketed by volcanic ash from Puyehue in neighboring Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DyN / Associated Press

A road sign is nearly buried in ash from Puyehue volcano.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN SALAS / European Pressphoto Agency

A window is partially covered with ashes three days after the eruption of Chile's Puyehue volcano.


A photo released by NASA shows an aerial view of the Puyehue eruption from June 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MODIS Satellite / NASA/Associated Press

Lightning flashes over the Puyehue volcano.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francisco Negroni / Agencia Uno

A policeman walks a road covered with rocks and ash from the volcano.


An Air Austral jet is stranded at San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonia region after being covered with ash that blew over the Andes from the volcano in neighboring Chile.


Smoke billows into the sky during an electrical storm after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue. The eruption prompted the government to evacuate 3,500 residents from the area while ash blanketed towns nearly 100 kilometers away in Argentina.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Basualto / European Pressphoto Agency

A man wears a surgical mask against falling ash in the mountain resort of San Martin de Los Andes in Patagonia. .

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patricio Rodriguez / Reuters

A Chilean air force photo shows the cloud of ash billowing from the Puyehue volcano.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chilean Air Force / AFP/Getty Images

A woman examines pumice rock covering a road thear the Cardenal Samore pass between Argentina and Chile.


Lightning flashes during the eruption of the Puyehue volcano.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

A woman peers out from a shelter after being evacuated from a town threatened by the volcano.


Ash billows from the volcano. Officials said the initial eruption sent a column of gas six miles high.


Rosehips in Patagonia are covered in ash from the eruption in Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patricio Rodriguez / Reuters

A cloud of ash billows from Puyehue volcano in southern Chile. The volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Claudio Santana / AFP

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  1. June 7, 2011, 1:57 am

    This is an astounding photograph, but I don't quite understand what I'm looking at. It's supposed to be a volcano-and I do see the plume of smoke over the trees on the right- but what are all those white lines that look like lightning? Somebody please let me know.-Gary Bruner

  2. June 7, 2011, 12:06 pm

    umm, lightning. It happens with some volcanoes, but not all. Apparently, although it isn't entirely unusual for this to happen, scientists haven't provided a conclusive answer on 'how' it happens. Particle separation, with variations induced by the size of the plume, or size of the eruption. Some think its because the Earth's interior is basically charged with electricity, surrounded by plasma…when a volcano erupts, it provides an opportunity for the electrical charges to escape into the atmosphere, or basically form a connection. Its believed that the resistance in the atmosphere to the force or flow of the current is what causes lightning…varying degrees of resistance result in varying displays of lightning: low resistance = no lightning

  3. June 7, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I predict this image will get image of the year and beyond!

  4. June 7, 2011, 1:35 pm

    It just looks biblical to me.

  5. June 8, 2011, 11:35 am

    You mean "biblical" in the sense of something contrived and unnatural? Probably not a good comparison.

    By: Hernan
  6. June 16, 2011, 8:41 am

    What hath G-d wrought?

    By: Jewfromhell
  7. June 22, 2011, 11:51 pm

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  8. September 23, 2011, 11:16 am

    Mother nature ar its finest!

  9. January 3, 2012, 10:35 am

    Am I the only person who sees eyes in the middle of it? lol.. awesome.

    By: skeetch

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