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Chaiten Volcano Still Active

Chaiten Volcano in Chile continues to erupt, after its recent eruption on May 6th, - its first activity in over 9,000 years. (12 photos total)

A plume of ashes spewed by the Chaiten volcano as seen from the city of Chaiten, 1,200km south from Santiago, Chile on May 5, 2008. (ALVARO VIDAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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357 comments so far...

Could officials in Louisiana take note on evacuating when a warning is given/

Posted by dale June 5, 08 09:44 AM

poor cow........

Posted by bre June 5, 08 10:33 AM

that lightning is amazing! and yes, poor cow.

Posted by robin June 5, 08 11:21 AM

Powerful images!

Mmmmm...Genocides everywhere, Cyclone in Myanmar, Earthquake in China, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruptions, what's next?

Maybe the Discovery Channel is right. Meteor showers is next. Yikes!

Posted by Noypi June 5, 08 11:46 AM

Wow. Incredible photos and a story that hasn't received much coverage.

Posted by Blake June 5, 08 12:06 PM

incredible images!

Posted by sam June 5, 08 12:37 PM

why didn't we hear about the cow

Posted by Anonymous June 5, 08 12:58 PM

Pretty sure the Bible predicted all this way before the Discovery Channel.

Posted by Anon June 5, 08 01:09 PM

Ah... "Ma Nature" kicking up Her heels... The Lady SURE knows how to put on a Show! :)

Posted by Joseph, II June 5, 08 01:55 PM

Yes, Mother Nature, sure does know how to put on a show! Simply Spectacular

Posted by Laure June 5, 08 02:06 PM


Posted by Jay Roy June 5, 08 02:08 PM

Poor cow indeed.

Posted by emma June 5, 08 02:35 PM

what cow?

Posted by Anonymous June 5, 08 03:39 PM

The Chile triple junction region is one of only two presently active examples of a ridge/trench collision and it is on the move.The Chile margin triple junction provides the best (only!) active modern example of the geological results of ridge subduction along continental margins. The Nazca plate is being subducted at a rapid rate. Watching Southern Chile where spreading ridge subduction is taking place, we might be able to better understand the evolution of the San Andreas fault and other regions where similar events have occurred in the past.. Great photographs hope there is geologic and seismological follow-up

Posted by Larry June 5, 08 03:43 PM

Slap my ass and call me "CRAZY" i give the earth 20-30 years tops. WE didn't mean to rain on your parade "MA NATURE" , but do what you must !!! If that beefs still good Cook it up!!!!

Posted by Dano June 5, 08 03:44 PM

what bible?

Posted by Anonymous June 5, 08 03:47 PM

Can't commend this blog enough. Exquisite concept.

Posted by Nate Lanier June 5, 08 04:07 PM

wow, what photos! one gets a sense of the scale involved, no mean feat for a photo.

Posted by jen June 5, 08 04:31 PM

Tucson, Arizona, never had a lightning storm like this!

Posted by Ken Harrison June 5, 08 07:16 PM

The lightning photos are a little exaggerated. They were take with time lapse, so all the bolts look like they are happening at the same time. You can see them happening independently in the news footage (youtube) . Still, it's pretty incredible.

Posted by Zach June 5, 08 08:07 PM

Who's gonna pay for the carbon offset for all that CO2?

Posted by Bob June 5, 08 08:13 PM

If the cow become fully ashed, it looks if someone have created a figure of a cow.

Posted by d June 6, 08 01:59 AM

MMM steak ..... Medium rare please

Posted by Joe Jones June 6, 08 08:43 AM

It is really marvellous effort on the part of administration to have saved so many lives. Other Governments also should take a course from Chile Administration

Posted by S.Ramadas June 6, 08 10:58 AM

Are there updates on the activity beneath Yellowstone National Park...I know it is unrelated to this event, but it is being regularly monitored.....and 9,000 years is a long time for this volcano to wake up as this one is doing. Photos are impressive and this is the first I have heard of this. Did it even make the 11 o'clock news?

Posted by Lynda Restelli June 6, 08 11:55 AM

Amazing pics.

Dano: In 20-30 years when time proves you're full of it, will you admit it? Or will you just pretend you never said it?

Posted by Mike Wilson June 6, 08 12:27 PM

MMM steak ..... Medium rare please

Posted by Joe Jones June 6, 08 01:43 PM

Call the EPA ! and the tree huuggers would say you can,t polute the air like this! Are we going to pay for the cleanup? This can and doesl happen on our earth so be prepared !! pg

Posted by paul giannobile June 6, 08 03:15 PM

I was amazed at the comments on the dead cow. It most likely died of suffocation and will have Marie's disease as a result of all the ingestion of volcanic ash, which is mostly glass shards. So why the laughs over a creature's last agony laden days? Also for the rest of you, the meat would not be edible. The amazing thing is how long this volcano is erupting and how much crystals it is throwing into the upper air. It makes me wonder just how much magma is feeding this beast.

Posted by Shelia Cassidy June 7, 08 01:21 AM

Holy Cow ! If we could harness that enegy release some of our fossil fuel troubles would seem like childs play. These are weather altering events and with all this talk of global warming and ozone depletion this is a natural occurance that will inevitably impact both of these concerns now and in the near future. Does not change the fact that this spectacular and natural occuring event is simply amazing to witness during our lifetime.

Posted by Steve Lattanzi June 7, 08 07:18 PM


Posted by johnsadowskiii June 7, 08 08:41 PM

Everyone seems to be concerned about the cow. There are people involved here. Is no one concerned about them?

Posted by Marie Marts June 7, 08 09:21 PM

First of all these are amazing pictures.
How can anyone not know there is a powerful force out there that is greater then we as mortal humans can comprehend,
Yes poor cow and also the people who had to leave their homes.That cow was probably the only source for milk for the family who owened it,
No creture deserves to die such an agonizing death,To gasp for it's very last breath and no one there.
Why in the face of someone elses sorrow be it man or beast do some make jokes
It is a sad state that we have come to

Posted by Donna Wilkinson June 8, 08 02:05 AM

As an inhabitant of the Argentinian area affected by the ashes I can assure you people, who make fun of the volcano's eruption, that it's not funny at all ! On the Argentinian side all flights towards the area have been downed and the region's economy is suffering considerably. On the Chilean side the town of Chaiten have been wiped out completely by the volcanic activity and people will never be able to return to their homes, simply because they don't exist any more.

Posted by Jorge Belloni June 8, 08 03:40 PM

I agree with you Donna Wilkinson. I, too agree that there is a powerful source out there that we humans cann't comprehend. Also it is an extremely sad state that we have come to. People that make jokes when there is so much devastation are truly sick in the head and have no comprehension of life, love and survival. I wish there were some way to get inside their heads.

Posted by carole mcneilly June 8, 08 06:39 PM

We as humans can actually comprehend the forces at work here. We don't need a dogmatic definition. As for the comparison to Louisiana, the people from Chaiten didn't resist calls to evacuate like those in New Orleans. Maybe they have higher IQ's in Chaiten? This process has been going on for hundreds of thousands of years. As for Yellowstone, there is a much larger problem of lake water causing a huge sulfur dioxide explosion once it hits the magma under the basin. Eruptions from Yellowstone in the past have wiped out 75% of the flora and fauna on what is now the North American continent. Mono Lake basin in California is also another super volcano that derives it's davastating eruptions from the Momo Lake water hitting the magma and causing the same sulfer dioxide reaction and explosion. We are filling Mono Lake back up to make sure that this happens again.

Posted by Andre June 8, 08 11:05 PM

I'd fight it :/

Posted by JackJeckyl June 8, 08 11:11 PM

Marie said: "Everyone seems to be concerned about the cow. There are people involved here. Is no one concerned about them?"

I think the people knew ahead of time to get out....

poor cow =(

Posted by Hyde June 9, 08 01:16 PM

Some of you are human, thank God, but I am amazed at the childish inhumanity of others. The lack of sensitivity of the young and stupid, is overwhelming. Male I am sure. Not even thinking that there must have been at least a couple of humans that may have ended up in the same condition as that cow, or the many indigenous animals that could not be saved.
It takes nothing away from the pure awesome spectacle of Mother Nature's power to swat us off the Earth like so many flies. In so many ways, and lately, she is sure letting us know it!

Posted by Margie Cortes June 9, 08 02:35 PM

Dear editors, I love your site and have bookmarked it. One thing: Please, for instance, for the photo of the lightning bolts coming off the ash clouds, would you please make sure to post the exposure time? A lot of people might not realize this is a time exposure. I know, I know. Maybe most would, but, again, as I'm sure you've learned by reading your feedback email address... a lot won't. Thanks.

Catsfive on Flickr

Posted by Cats Five June 9, 08 11:58 PM

Thaks for showing us Gods creation. nuestras oraciones por la gente de Chile desde Guatemala.

Posted by Luis June 10, 08 11:31 AM

Isn't those lightening strikes like the ones Dr Frankenstein had? Moooooo, Beef, what's for dinner???? Tastes like chicken????

Posted by Peggy June 11, 08 03:46 AM

Poor Jerome Sallard

Posted by prout June 11, 08 04:17 AM

the guy with the cigarette is doing alot to help!

Posted by coooperrrr:) June 11, 08 11:04 AM

There is nothing I can add. But my first thought (besides the concern for human life and the animals) was: How beautiful. Mother nature in all her glory.


Posted by Darlene June 11, 08 12:24 PM

End times are here and we are just not paying any attention and we all keep thinking we have done no wrong. We better be more alert with the bible and read revelations so we can understand whats happening and going to happen.

Posted by Dana June 11, 08 04:54 PM

"Some of you are human, thank God, but I am amazed at the childish inhumanity of others. The lack of sensitivity of the young and stupid, is overwhelming. Male I am sure. Not even thinking that there must have been at least a couple of humans that may have ended up in the same condition as that cow, or the many indigenous animals that could not be saved."

Margie and others, lighten up. Stop trying to dictate what people post on an open forum. You sound repressed, bitter, and shrewish. Female, I am sure.

Posted by Tater June 11, 08 04:54 PM

Yes, proof that nature is bigger than man! Could volcano's such as that cause global warming? What do you think? That's my point, start thinking people, ! Earth has been around billions of years, it decides who is in charge!

Enjoying the " global warming", freezing my butt off in June here!

Posted by Angelo June 12, 08 12:00 AM

I wouldn't want the name Arturo Prat, even if I was a national hero.

Posted by Jakesdad June 12, 08 07:52 AM

WOW!! that lightening was seriously a nice shot. but i feel so sorry for the cow.

Posted by Anonymous June 12, 08 07:58 AM

Call PETA !

Posted by Mark June 12, 08 09:29 AM

Good Lord!!!

Posted by aras noel June 12, 08 10:54 AM

Thank you, Carlos Gutierrez !! What great photography !! Please set up a website with your photography.

Posted by Smartt June 12, 08 12:11 PM

Amazing pictures, but how Scary this is. I look at these pictures and think to myself that these people got up thinking that it was going to be a routine day not realizing that God had different plans for them that day. I pray that the lives that were effected by this - were ready to meet the King of all King when their life was taken from them on this day? I think God is trying to wake America up. Look at all the major things that are happening from volcano's to earth quakes to major floods....the handwriiting is on the wall. Are you ready?

Posted by kell June 12, 08 02:21 PM

wow, some people need to lighten up! Cracking a joke does not an insensitive person make!

Posted by Laura June 12, 08 03:27 PM

As a Chilean living in Chile, let me clarify a few things for all concerned...

1. The Cow - a lot of animals are dying in Chaiten, because many people in this agricultural zone lived off the livestock business. There are many campaigns to help them, like vet students going there and giving them food and finding them shelter, but most of them will die. Its a terrible thing, but lighten up on the cow comments. You can be horrified at what they are saying, and then you will go eat a hamburger. phhbt, ok.
2. Lousiana vs. Chaiten- People DID oppose. They had their only means of living and their whole life history there. The government evacuated them anyway, because if not they would die. Theyre also giving them a lifelong salary. I do not like the government much but they sure do know how to deal with things better than...actually, lets not get political..

Things like these will happen. We are only humans, after all. It is a terrible thing, but you cant look at these pictures without admiring the beauty and raw power of nature.

Posted by Sofi­a June 12, 08 06:41 PM

Anyone know how much Sulphur Dioxide and CO2 is estimated to have been released as a result ? probably makes world industry and greenhouse issues pail into insignificance ! Nature has a habbit of putting things into perspective.

Posted by Dennis June 12, 08 09:10 PM


Posted by POOR COW June 12, 08 10:01 PM


Posted by SARA June 13, 08 12:50 AM

Who is this God you speak of?

Does he obnoxiously speak in all caps too?

Posted by Laura June 13, 08 11:12 AM


Posted by SARA June 13, 08 11:53 AM

ha I love Jesus freaks!

So easy to get all worked up

to #61 I feel sorry for you, because when you die you'll realize that worms and dirt are the only thing that will be greeting you.

Have a great day! And remember Jesus loves you as much as he obviously loved that cow!

Posted by Laura June 13, 08 12:01 PM

some things like the cow must be sacrificed in order for a good show to be put on by mother nature herself

Posted by Krista Perez June 13, 08 12:16 PM

Hi from Argentina.Amazing photographs!!!

what to clear some things about New Orleans vs Chaiten.
1-Chaiten was only a tiny village (2.000 hab) vs NO (500.000?) So, prety much diference with the risk of robbery, lots, etc. Smal town were everyone knows each other....
2-They were evacuated AFTER serveral days of eruptions, inminent danger was palpable (earthquakes and a colum of ashes raising 30km high in the sky) Experts saying that Krakatoa´s violent explosion type was posible because of the high density of the magma.
3-Living conditions were serously disturbed and turning worse every day... +20 cm ash cover everyting; imposibility to get water from the ash contaminated rivers; hard to get food and water by truck in a 0 visibility roads; hard to breathe; planes grounded (in a big area of 2000 km by 1000 km) because of the abrasive volcanic ash nature.

So I think the people was much easy to persuade to evacuate in this case.

Posted by Pablo June 13, 08 05:20 PM

Population in Chaitén is 6.000 people, not 2.000 as said before. People was evacuated in 24 hours. That´s an amazing lesson of coordination v/s political action. I took two of this images (people being evacuated & river cracked street). So i know how bad this is,
But i know aswell that New Orleans was even worst because of the time they had to wait to be helped. (the action-reaction thing).

Have a nice day everyone

Posted by Christian Brown June 14, 08 01:02 AM


Posted by KANIKA June 14, 08 11:37 AM

Please send Big Al Gore down there to stop all this CO2 polution. Sure glad these things won't happen when G.W. is gone !! Those houses look like they belong on an American Indian Reservation.

Posted by D.T. June 14, 08 11:38 AM


Posted by KANIKA June 14, 08 11:39 AM

To the extraordinarily ignorant and insensitive Dale and Andre:

New Orleans DID evacuate 90% of the population before the storm - about 1 million people in the metropolitan region. It was the largest and most successful evacuation in U.S. history. The size, scope, and logistics of Hurricane Katrina were ENTIRELY different from this and cannot be compared in any meaningful or honest way.

Why don't you look up facts, learn something, and show some empathy instead of trying to blame people who are STILL recovering from a terrible disaster? My heart goes out to the people of Chaiten without having to put other people down in order to do so. You should do the same.

Posted by Laurie June 14, 08 02:30 PM

If the earth is that hot on the inside and all this stuff comes from inner earth and we live on cool outer earth,then maybe the sun isnt so hot inside it and things live inside it as it is hot on outside as opposed to eartha nd cool on inside.?
Its a thought.
Inside out planet.

Posted by Micky June 15, 08 08:05 AM

You bible thumpers are really funny. Luckily this lovely planet will still be here, doing its thing, when your silly little belief system is loooooong gone.

Posted by Kia Camella June 15, 08 02:06 PM

The news was not covered by US/European media because Latin American and Latins do not count!

Posted by Marce June 15, 08 06:40 PM

Hi, God here. Just stopped by to tell some of you I exist. To tell a couple of others to stop sucking up but mainly to tell all the rest of you to forget about the f*cking COW. Just a steak on legs! Lighten up people. If you got so much compassion, get off your ass and go help your Mom with the dishes. Go buy your Dad a Father's Day card. Sell you computer and send the money to your local literacy program but grow up and forget the cow.

Posted by God Patterson June 15, 08 08:10 PM

Why do we turn every event little or large into a political debate? Lets enjoy and admire this amazing thing called life.No wonder we start so many wars!

Posted by buzz June 15, 08 09:25 PM

the lava and the statue were the ones that stood out for me.
lve never experienced anything like these photos,
and hope l never do..
great photos.

Posted by lynn June 15, 08 11:02 PM

To all Greetings:
THis type of eruption can be expected in teh not too distant future in th Nayarit region of Pacific Mexico. I know because I have ben doing volcanology in tha area since 1995. Curently the loacl and state goverments there are trying to come to grips with what my own studies suggest. An eruption in my area ( Tepic north of Puerto Villarta ) will likely have an impact on american agriculture if large enough and sustained enough. The Instituto Technologico Superior de Matitipac and I are developing a sesimic networl. Any one wish to see a lovely volcanic area ( it is reasonable safe at thep moment is invited to contact Tepic tourism OR me ( email: )

Posted by Steve Sulkanen June 16, 08 08:36 AM

To #71, Kia Camella: Sure glad we "Bible thumpers" are known to have a sense of humor! But I feel very sorry for you when this "lovely planet" is gone and so are you, burning in Hell. We Bible Thumpers will be enjoying eternity in HEAVEN, walking on streets of pure gold and praising our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE ALPHA & OMEGA, which means the BEGINNING AND THE END!!! Laugh at us if you will, but we will have the last word! I feel very sorry for anyone that questions the existence of the ONE TRUE GOD and refuses to heed the teachings of HIS HOLY WORD, the BIBLE!!

Posted by Stella June 16, 08 10:22 AM

Its hard to burn in hell when the place doesn't exist in the first place...

believe in what you want and I'll believe in what I want, but don't go around telling people they are going to burn in hell, thats just wrong! There might be children reading these comments and last I heard, thats not the "Christian" thing to do.


Posted by Kelly June 16, 08 10:40 AM

Apparently natural disasters are finding their norm in our collective consciousness. It spurs everything from adolescent humor and signs of the coming Revelations, to sincere concern and sober scientific analysis.

I don’t know what this means in a larger context, but in simple humanistic terms I hope it sparks reassessment of our personal values.

If in the process we see ourselves not as separated by borders, faith and ethnicity, but connected on a core organic level we may learn to empathize with fellow humans who are truly suffering. And if you don’t buy that bit of logic ask the folks in Iowa who’ve lost everything if they feel any better off than the Argentineans and Chileans who are facing the same plight.

Posted by Ray June 16, 08 11:12 AM

To #78 Kelly:
So sorry you don't believe in Hell!! I most certainly will believe in what I want and you can believe in what you want!! Don't believe I'm wrong at all when I say people are going to burn in Hell! I'm sure you have no idea what the "Christian" thing to do is at all!! And another thing, you spelled Hypocrite wrong!! And that I'm sure I am very right about!! And according to the definition in the dictionary, I am NOT ONE!! But are you? And another thing, have a very lovely, beautiful, compassion and love filled day!!

Posted by Stella June 16, 08 11:50 AM

It's just amazing that humans can take lessons learned in all of this, both scientific and social, and turn it in to something so ugly. Stop the insult exchange, it's taking away from the lessons to be learned. God bless the Chaiten villagers and God bless our own citizens of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and all points midwest that are dealing with devastation I pray I never know.

Posted by Karen Quinn June 16, 08 12:09 PM

Seriously, folks, it's gotten a bit out of hand. Any more comments that are primarily religious (or anti-religious) will be deleted. Please, ignore the trolls.

Posted by alan taylor June 16, 08 12:14 PM

Alan, I mean no disrespect and I truely admire what you are doing with this site, but isn't the point of a comment board to express opinions? I understand they stray a bit from the meaning of these pictures, but if you don't want people to post their opinions then you shouldn't have a comment board in the first place.

And to make this post relate to the pictures, I find mother nature to be beautiful in every display, even her wrath. There is beauty to be found in every one of these pictures, even that of the cow. Its humbling to know that no matter what technology advances we discover it can all be taken away from us in a heartbeat through the sheer fury of nature. It has a way of really putting things into perspective

Posted by Debra June 16, 08 12:44 PM

Debra - agreed, the point is to allow people to express their opinion - within reason. Once it devolves into trolling, name-calling and spite, it serves no purpose, and takes away from the original post.

Apologies for not having a clear commenting poilcy in place yet - as I've said, this is still a young venture. I'll have one ready shortly. It's terribly subjective, but I'd hope to keep the quality of discourse as high as I try to keep the quality of the potographs.

Also, thanks again so much to everyone who has taken the time to participate.

Posted by alan taylor June 16, 08 12:54 PM

Nature rocks!!

Posted by Suntoucher June 17, 08 05:34 AM

WOW! Sure glad I do not live in Chile! The weather here is New Jersey is bad enough.

Posted by Pete June 17, 08 10:38 AM

Forget global warming. Get ready for a bloomin' cold winter. When this thing blows properly in a month or two, it'll be big. Not Yellowstone big, but probably at least Pinatubo size.

I worry for the food shortage it could cause on a global scale, especially with the already rising prices of basics like rice and corn.

Posted by James June 17, 08 12:24 PM

why deos volcano erupts

Posted by Anonymous June 17, 08 09:11 PM

G'day im from Oz and the way we would of evacuated was ride a kanga outa the place
poor cow
g'day USA

Posted by Anonymous June 17, 08 09:11 PM

1. Once again, breathtaking photography. Tremendous public service you are providing here. Copious kudos are in order.

2. Agree on the comments. They're a little distracting, like trying to have a conversation with a friend on the street with a hysterical fearmonger yelling from a soapbox three feet away. Save it for Sunday.

3. Don't do away with the comments altogether, if you can help it. I like to hear from people with a science background (apparently) like Larry #14; and people who are living in the area like Sofia #56. Those actually add a lot to the site. Lot of work to edit the freakazoids, though.

Thanx again for a fantastic site.

Posted by tc June 17, 08 09:37 PM

Hate when that happens.

Posted by bc June 18, 08 03:29 PM

Those photos of the lightning bolts are just... amazing. Beyond amazing actually, words can't describe how fantastic they look. My jaw went to my feet, I never thought that something like that was possible.
Then I saw the cow, and my hand went to my mouth instead. =[ I hope he (or she) didn't suffer.

Posted by mushboon June 18, 08 03:45 PM

pretty pictures poor cow

Posted by Anonymous June 18, 08 10:17 PM

That was just gorgeous

Posted by Kris June 19, 08 04:25 AM

Loving the photos, they are off the hook!!

Posted by missy eliott June 19, 08 11:31 AM

All of you should chill..............and have some compassion for the people and country enduring this tragedy........You know Sharon Stone would say its just bad Karma........

Posted by Texgal June 19, 08 03:44 PM

hello, this natural diaster was not the work of god, he was sleeping in his giant chair in the clouds.
It was a purely natural thing.
And i am a child and i object to that comment, i will NOT burn in hell, so take it back please :) they are REALLY cool pics
Poor cow, peace to the tree hugers hehehe (I'm a tree hugger)
Merry Xmas hohoho

Posted by Santa June 19, 08 10:08 PM

i feel really sorry for the poor cow i cannot belive how many volcanoes have erupted

Posted by clare purchase June 20, 08 09:10 AM

More cowbells!

Posted by Rossiter June 20, 08 09:11 AM


Posted by Jessica June 20, 08 09:43 AM

sad cow

Posted by molly June 20, 08 11:45 AM


Posted by booyah June 20, 08 04:20 PM

great great blog

Posted by kaiser June 20, 08 07:43 PM

wow I am from "down under" and I whole heartedly agree with Stella, Amen and Amen, God is real , and Hell is real. Thank God I am going to Heaven , maybe you unbelievers all ought to stop and turn to Him before it is too late , as what you will endure "forever" in Hell , will be far far worse than anything seen here, and will as stated be forever. The time to repent and beleive on the son of God , Jesus Christ is now, later is too late . Now is the day of Salvation....Preach it Stella. Amen

Posted by Trevor Hey June 20, 08 08:19 PM

Good on the government to save those people. Sad the people will probably loose their homes and livlyhood there.

Some awe inspiring pictures.

As for the cow, it's udderly disgusting.

Posted by Dumpster June 21, 08 06:13 AM

hi i am sorry what happen to you guys

Posted by shelby June 21, 08 08:57 AM

let angels guard the ppl who don't deserve this and let those ppl be safe and happy again.

Posted by emile June 22, 08 12:17 AM

OMG these pictures are so cool! exept for the cow dead!!!

Posted by georgina June 23, 08 12:32 AM

Been to Chaiten and Futaleufu. Incredibly scenic. Wonderful people. The area has very few people. To look at some 'before' pictures:

Town of Futaleufu (in the lower right is the statue of Arturo Prat in the pic from the article)

Rivers, including the Futaleufu River, which is widely considered the best whitewater river in the world

Feel free to browse the folders ... you'll quickly realize the volcano has hit a very special and unique region.

Lastly, this American company is taking donations to help the people there. They are very involved locally and hire many local people.

Posted by AL June 23, 08 04:32 AM

Eruption continues. Many people have already lost their homes and live stock and will never return to this region. Chaiten Volcano has been erupting ash for almost two months. Regional damage is extensive. Chaiten Volcanic ash may increase density of ocean waters off Southern South American and effect Atlantic, Pacific, and Ant-Arctic Ocean currents. Will all this ash slow ocean currents and affect climate by changing current patterns?

Posted by David Beales June 24, 08 01:30 PM

"Jesus is coming soon morning or night or noon many will meet their doom truphets will sound all the dead in christ shall rise righteous will meet Jesus in the skys going where no one ever dies heavenward bound"


Posted by EAH June 24, 08 05:54 PM

OMG stop it with the preaching, a'ight? We've heard it all before. Just look at the photos (like we all are) and come to your own conclusions. Thanks :)

And I DO feel bad for the cow.

Posted by ZoeJane June 25, 08 02:21 AM

Re #36 - From Wikipedia on the Yellowstone supervolcano - "The volcanic eruptions, as well as the continuing geothermal activity, are a result of a large chamber of magma located below the caldera's surface. The magma in this chamber contains gases that are kept dissolved only by the immense pressure that the magma is under. If the pressure is released to a sufficient degree by some geological shift, then some of the gases bubble out and cause the magma to expand. This can cause a runaway reaction. If the expansion results in further relief of pressure, for example, by blowing crust material off the top of the chamber, the result is a very large gas explosion." Water has nothing to do with it.

Posted by Tom June 25, 08 07:52 AM


Posted by S.H. June 26, 08 01:43 PM

she should be preaching thanks no more comments like that we will do whatever we want jesus is coming soon !!!!


Posted by Whit June 26, 08 02:30 PM

Fantastic images!

If it wasn't for the mountains in the background, the homes look like they belong in Detroit.

Posted by Allan J Krueger June 27, 08 09:06 AM

Extreme weather patterns are happening ALL OVER THE WORLD. Al Gore and his team of scientists predicted this and if you haven't seen "an inconvient truth, you should"! take heed

Posted by Amanda June 27, 08 01:46 PM

Well, I was fishing at the Puma lodge last January and flew into Chaiten. Patrico and his five brothers, all fishing guides lived in town and took us to his house. When he finally evacuated, they drove all night to get to Port Mott only to have their car broken into and all their finances stolen. Its really a very sad story. I only hope they get to return to their great little town. The people who lived there are wonderful. You all should stop being so selfish and leave God the cow and Al out of it.

Posted by Brandon June 28, 08 03:24 PM

Truly amazing site. To see a volcanoe which has been dormant for 9000 years erupt is amazing. Great pictures, by the way. Now, on the Al Gore comment. Al Gore was a speaker of Global Warming. He isn't the one who predicted things like that -.-". There are many scientists over the world who have been working for a very long time on the subject of Global Warming. Another thing is volcanic eruptions are not caused by global warming. They have been happening before humans decided to live and pollute this earth. Next subject, God. God and the tribulation or whatever has nothing to do with volcanic eruptions, they happen no matter what. This is no sign, lol. And yes, poor cow - among all the other creatures that were taken away during this beautiful site :(.

Posted by AE. June 29, 08 03:42 AM

Zach, thanks for finding that YouTube news report. It's an amazing story. And awesome pictures, very well done! Have there been any new reports on it? Are the residents returning and digging back out? I can't find anything about it.

Posted by TJ June 29, 08 03:53 AM

It's over 9,000!!!

Posted by Vegeta June 29, 08 05:24 AM

The picture of the village reminds me too of a place that I've been , Upstate New York. The volcano pictures remind me of some that I saw after Mt. St Helen's erupted. If we could have found the man who stayed as it erupted, he might have looked something like the cow. Aren't we fortunate that in so many areas we now have an early warning system. We do need to take heed of all warnings and remember that it could happen to us.Eruptions or floods or hurricanes.

Posted by Anonymous June 29, 08 12:50 PM

powerful images

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 08 06:52 AM

V nice pics; I think you could have stated your exposure time because it looks like the bolts of lightning happend all at once. On a more important point: God doesn't interfere with the natural order of events on the earth unless He is invited through prayer. As long as people don't want Him to intervene, He will not. He has given Christians the power and authority to control events on the earth. Of course for those who are skeptical of this power, it isn't widely seen at the moment but it won't be long before this truth is apparent. To Christians who are skeptical of this power there is much to learn. Also to my fellow believers: The gospel is about good news to all people without exception; for example to the poor, the gospel is that they don't have to be poor. To the sick they can be healed etc. If you talk about hell, are you helping anyone or are you trying to scare people? God's message is that He loves the world and anyone who believes in His son Jesus Christ shall not be put to shame and shall be saved. No one is forced to believe and God doesn't threaten anyone because His love is greater. For those of you who don't agree or don't believe, it's ok, you have a choice. What you do with your choice is very important because there are always consequences for every decision we make. But of course you know that . If anything find out what is the truth.

Posted by Mark July 2, 08 11:26 AM

Awwwwwww pooor cow
i had you for my tea lmaoo !xx i love you cow

Posted by emma July 3, 08 10:08 AM

It's too bad so many church Christians do not grasp the fact that God created EVERYTHING, including of course volcanos and ash falls and seiche floods, and yes, even Global Warming and Al Gore. Church folks confuse themselves by attempting to separate God's creations into "good" creations and "bad" creations. They attribute "bad" creations to their Anti-God, Satan. The church Christian God is a mere shadow of His actual Self.

Those lightning bolts in the highly charged super-dry volcanic ash would be very educational if some church folks were to test their silly theory by stepping right up close to the action and "praying" for it to stop. God would correct their error.

Posted by Peter V July 5, 08 07:13 PM

Some one asked the question as to whether or not volcanoes would cause global warming. As I didn't see a direct response... when Krakatoa blew it's top in the 1880s, (as an example) snow fall was recorded in every month of the following year in New England. It is believed that the high amount of ash in the upper atmosphere prevents light and heat from reaching the surface causing global cooling. There are other examples of the same phenomena but Krakatoa is a good one ... well documented.

Posted by Geo July 6, 08 03:19 PM

Mother Nature is awesome! Don't you just love it when you realize how small and powerless we are in comparison?

Posted by Fernando July 7, 08 03:27 PM

Carbon offsets? Too bad Al Gore wasn't down wind.

Posted by Jim July 7, 08 04:20 PM

it was beautifull

i ask you how impact with lightning VS Volcano ???

what happen rain or what ???

i like that to see worderfull

nice piture

Posted by jean-yves July 8, 08 10:24 PM

Oh my goodness, what a blog!
Awesome pics... such a tragedy.
Hey Ray #79 -- wanna go out? :-)

Posted by WVPaddler July 9, 08 03:26 PM

wow, what amazing pictures

you religeous freaks are nutso

this has nothing to do with god or anything like that - it just is what it is - foooking cool

Posted by Anonymous July 10, 08 04:42 PM

its the earth cleansing......god bless the dead....

Posted by michael harrison July 11, 08 01:22 AM

I pray for who ever wrote number 132. God has control over all things and who ever does not know that needs lots of prayers and understanding.

Posted by Samuel Marsh July 11, 08 10:25 AM

i'am a chaitenino citizen. Actually i'am livilg in Pto. Montt, because the volcano does not permit to entrance to Chaitén.

It is so terrible.

So i have photos, if anybody needs.


Posted by Ernesto Acuña Mercier July 11, 08 11:42 AM

The lightning is caused by frictional forces generated by the particulate matter in
motion over the volcano. Particles impact and grind against each other at
tremendous velocitys and temperature. Beautiful to look at. Stone death up

Posted by Mike Teze July 12, 08 10:35 PM

I love the lightining pictures!

And all the people who are arguing about the religious ordeal...Just because some people don't believe doesn't mean we can offend them by saying "Oh! You are going to burn in hell!" That's not what Christians do. We tell them about the Word of God and if they want to listen, then they can. No need to get upset. We know what will happen if they don't accept Him. No need to rub it in their faces.

Posted by Aliva July 14, 08 04:51 PM

I'd have to agree with all who said about the people who might have been caught up in this disaster, but you know there's always giong to be people who just don't pay attention to the whole warning signs, like the guy's who are standing smoking themselves to death, you couldn't not see that behind you right? Hey guys, why not just put a pipe into the erruption, have a drag and smoke it too? Morons.

Posted by listen to warnings July 15, 08 12:42 AM

Alan, it is truely appriciated that someone has taken the time to provide access to such awe inspiring pictures. I am just waiting for the lightening in the cloud to show up in the next dooms day movie from hollywood. :)

Would anyone know if the ash is moving north in the atmosphere? We are having some really bad ozone days in Texas and I wonder if it could be in part because of the ash from this volcano.

It is human nature to try to lighten a horrific incident with jokes, just ask any First Response person (police, fireman, EMT, etc.)

I was always taught that religous beliefs should be offered for consideration, not force fed to strangers. If you have said you piece and someone doesn't agree, let it go, especially on a forum such as this. Do not subject every person to your argument with a person you will probably never know. The state of their soul does not effect the state of yours.

Posted by bibliomrs July 15, 08 02:00 AM

Well, amazing is tough, Period.
Don't even think my hurricane proof hosue could survive this....
Concrete Cottage

Posted by Gulf Shores Alabama July 17, 08 05:10 PM

FQuite Amazing Photography.

Some commenters just can't get politics or hate for Christianity out of their blood.

Poor cow.

World Peace...

Posted by Eduardo July 18, 08 09:06 AM

Great pictures. I wish I could visit the place. Dangerous but I would take a risk to see this.

Posted by Adriaan July 19, 08 03:25 PM

Pics are awesome...cows are food, but still, suffering is a very sad thing, for any creature!
As for God making bad things happen? Get a grip, The Bible says that he IS love.
Hell? Just a hole in the ground...ever heard of "helling" potatoes for the winter?
Hades? Mankind's common grave. Sheol means the same thing.
Oh, sorry....did I mention?...the pics are AWESOME!

Posted by Dave July 20, 08 09:43 AM


Posted by BELAL July 21, 08 09:02 AM

i wish the cow could be saved and the scary man

Posted by preesha July 22, 08 08:43 AM

It's not only poor cow... poor people, poor village.... they lost all their houses, animals, history, life, effort, work... por nature... poor all of us...

Chilean citizen... world citizen

Posted by CG Edwards July 24, 08 04:58 PM

these are the coolest pitchers of a volcano i have ever seen send more PLEASE

Posted by Gus July 25, 08 02:20 AM

If God created all things, did God also create people who do not believe in God?

Posted by Little Dragon July 25, 08 03:07 PM

Well, maybe the extraordinary lightening is caused by the same law of static electricity we experience when lifting the blankets in the dark.

Posted by Libby July 30, 08 02:53 AM

Supposedly the scheduled solar eclipse for August 2nd will also have a geophysical "rubber band snapping" effect that may lead to more volcanic activity around the world. Did I mention earthquakes?

Posted by Randolph, HealingMindN Medicine Man July 31, 08 02:50 AM

I've been telling friends and family for years that Mother Nature has started taking back her Earth. She has started in the poorer countries and areas of the world and is working her way around.
Aids epidemics in Africa along with starvation. Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Floods, and yes, even fires in California and elsewhere. The ice is melting in the Arctic and probably will be melting in Antarctica before long.
Anyone got a plan?

Posted by Dottie July 31, 08 09:40 PM

omg im glad i dont live in that place i mean look at that plume

Posted by bebbo1237 August 1, 08 12:02 AM

The clouds and smoke from it all is beautiful. That is Mother Nature.
Yes, God Bless the people and all life in that area. Everyone keep the Faith as He is coming soon.

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Posted by Anonymous August 6, 08 05:49 AM

Kudos to Mark #124, a voice of reason in this diatribe between crackpot fundamentalists and crackpot atheists/agnostics

Posted by Alan August 6, 08 11:51 AM

The power of nature is absolutely breathtaking. It has nothing to do with "god" or any such force, it's just something that happens. So chill people, and stop hating.


Posted by Hougyoku Ichigo August 9, 08 08:37 PM

Everything I was thinking has already been said by reasonable thinking people but it really does bother me to think that anyone on this plannet could treat this as a joke or even find fun in the fact that people and animals alike could have suffered in this awful way. I endorse fully the comments made by S.Cassidy J.Belloni C.Mcnelly & M.Cortes + many others but the remarks made by L.June does sadden when me trying to figure out her state of mind and remember Camella, you don't have to be a Bible puncher to feel sympathy for others but believing in something would certainly help you.

Posted by Barry Deeming August 16, 08 05:54 PM

So cool :)

Posted by Anonymous August 17, 08 11:38 PM

I have spent no less than 40 hours studying these pictures, they are absolutely gorgeous in appearance, and in a funny way pleasing to the eye. There is another picture that is not posted on this site you must see, it is blue/grey in color with the static lightening (green) running thru it, an awesome photo. Never before in the history of man has something so breathtaking been caught on film or by digital capture.

However, there is much more happening in all of these photos then what you have viewed thus far perhaps some of you might already know what I am referring know these photos to be a Chilean Volcanic Eruption that occurred in the beginning of May 2008...That being said I now challenge anyone and everyone that reads this posting to look deeper at the photos and to discover what this event is saying to the entire world.....if your like everyone that I know, you were taught that every picture tells a story, yes? And you should have been taught that, after all it is a correct teaching. That is certainly the case here and of course why I am the way I have never in my life written something like this and posted it on the web, but I have been compelled to do so.

Metaphorically speaking, all creation has DNA, people, plants, animals, minerals, the earth and all things above and below, including a plume of smoke and ash from an active volcano impaled with static lightening. However, DNA from such an event doesn’t stay around very long unless it is somehow captured thru the taking of samples or in this case the capture was by way of photos. We have all seen CSI or shows like it, what does that DNA Lab Tech really do? He uses a scientific process to isolate collected DNA. He then sends this DNA thru a another scientific process that when completed will provide him with a conclusionary result....what do these results look like? They will ultimately appear in a picture looking like a bunch of lines and rainbow colored sections.... these results are literally a chemical map that can be displayed for comparisons and here is what I am suggesting, when you re-look at the photo(s), do it in small sections, just as if you were cropping portions out of it, which isn’t a bad idea to do if you have the skills and software. When you begin to look small and deep you will begin to see individual images within the photo, these images will begin to appear right before your eyes, zoom in and out if need be.

I will give you one example to send you on your the 5th photo from the top (see above) there is childlike looking face breaking out of the dark plume. Look at the top of the dark plume just right of the middle or locate it by finding the lighted area of the photo at the top that is surrounded by the dark plume..the characteristics you will see are that it has a large forehead, eyes, nose and a mouth round about a head...Can you see it now, it is very distinct? If you can’t your in denial.

Now all around this face (if you zoom in a bit) you will begin to see links (the type you would find in a chain)...Two (2) of these links appear to be coming right out of the top of the head (left and right side).... they look as if they were pierced thru the entire top of the head....these links form a connection that then wraps all around the face, continuing until there is a mass of them blending into one dark volcanic is as if this face or head has been placed in chains.

In each of these Chilean photos you will find a multiplicity of other images even some symbols that when combined as one create a human picture that we know and can understand. Know that each item you uncover relates to one common theme that runs throughout, it tells a story from long ago about an event that has been in reserve for such a time as this...your journey is now started, please don’t complete it alone, allow the Author of our lives to complete it with you.

If you would like to email me what you have seen or experience when you review these photos I would be grateful OR you may want to hear about my experiences first hand so please feel free to inquire, I can be reached at I would be glad to share my findings with you and even what I experienced 2 days prior to this calendared event taking place

Be enlightened for what you will be seeing when you look deeper is very much real.

Posted by cory nichols August 24, 08 02:14 AM

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Posted by fraann August 25, 08 06:38 PM

Well, I had no idea of the eruption----somehow it never made the news I read.

My interest in Marie's disease (why this site came up) was that when I read Super Volcano--Yellowstone, was a fossil formation of hundreds of animals died together and while the scientists were examining the fossil bones, a local vet noticed that the bones showed a condition he recognized !!!! because he had examined horses that died in a barn fire that lived no longer than 2 weeks, dying agonizing as their tissues bloated. As they were valuable animals, his expertise was called upon to autopsy the animals. Do you know flouride was first lauded as a way to increase bone mass and discovered it just moved the calcium around...

Posted by katesisco August 29, 08 12:43 PM

hahahaha, these comments are so very entertaining. I'm all for Mother Nature, in all her glory, there is nothing so beautiful as what she creates for us to see everywhere each and every day. I'm thankful that it's pretty much impossible to cover the whole world with concrete and somewhere there will always be an amazing example of her work. Be it a huge event like this or a very tiny little bug on a dewy morning. A little preaching of my own - please recycle, please reduce your driving, please pick up garbage here and there, please don't litter, please grow things in your yard and buy locally and please stop for a moment and enjoy what is around you every day and appreciate it and respect it. Every little thing you do helps, you can't pick up all the cans, but picking up one can is better than leaving it on the ground... Every little thing helps.

Posted by Marla September 4, 08 11:11 AM

god will make it so that wont happen

Posted by elizabeth September 7, 08 06:22 PM

That is the best picture GREAT JOBB!!!!

Posted by Anonymous September 10, 08 07:17 PM

Some truly "Amazing photo's" Pleasure to join in this blog.

Posted by Vernon September 29, 08 11:29 PM

Hey. I've been living in Chile since July. This is scary sh*t. I thought I was moving away from Mt St Helens for a reason (for those of you who haven't followed the non-political bullsh*t in the news in, oh I don't know, four years, Mt St Helens was having "hiccups" a few years back and everyone was shitting their pants hoping it wouldn't explode again).

In response to #77: Teehee. You made me giggle. I'm pretty sure God didn't raise His children to smite the likes of their fellow humans. If you really want to convince us that we are better off in the end by following the teachings of God or whatever, maybe trying to insult us or scare us into it isn't the most Christian way to go about it. And I'm just saying that as a born-again Agnostic. Oh, and yeah, I know you feel sorry for us poor suckers that don't step down off our personal high horses and accept the presence of a greater being...but if you truly believe one exists, I feel sorry for you for not looking into all the other religious candidates first, rather than getting sucked into one church. Why not test-drive other religions? That's what I did, and now I feel I have an informed enough decision to choose not to believe in anything. Cool how that works out. Do yourself a favor. Servants of God should be humble and friendly, not spiteful and arrogant. Maybe you missed that part of the Bible. Reread Revelations (you know, as a moral reminder of just exactly MIGHT happen to you if you keep living your life as a jerk) and reconsider the way you treat “non-believers” (or members of other faiths) before jumping to the conclusion that you're better than everyone else because you’ve “found the right idea”. Long story short: STFU.

To anyone else who feels upset by this comment: I recommend watching the "House vs God" episode in Season 2 of House MD. You'll feel much better. :)

Posted by Kelsey October 14, 08 10:20 AM

Your all so caught up in your preaching on both sides of the equation. This area of the world is one of the most beautiful I've ever been to. The people here are absolutely amazing. Those homes your looking at are absolutely immaculate on the inside. If your walking around town In Futaleufu or Chaiten people invite you into their house for lunch. They all have more than most of us will ever be able to find through god or not. Your all typing away from your homes or offices preaching from your soap box. Go down and help out or go on to friends of the Futa website and save these areas from mining companies. This is going to really destroy their economy and give mining companies a foothold. Looking at what happened and listening to these comments that have nothing to do with the people and the place makes me sad. Please use your energy to help out or visit this beautiful place. I'll be going down this winter. I have many friends who have business there and will be going down to spend what money I have and clean up. thanksk

Posted by Erik October 14, 08 04:40 PM

I love you with all my heart.

Posted by John October 23, 08 12:55 AM

Amazing amazing shots.

Rock on Kelsey.

Stella you and your friends scare me.

Leaving now

Posted by Glenn October 24, 08 06:00 AM

God ( whatever you call him/her) bless the people of Chaiten. In the middle of the night in April of 2008, i stepped of the boat at Chaiten.. A local gave me a ride to town (for free) , to a wonderful hotel. I was treated to a great nights rest and a breakfast for my first day in Chile. What a heavenly place I thought. I remember meeting a merchant who ran a butcher/vegetable shop in the center of town. He had worked in Canada for many years. He had just bought a ranch nearby from his grandfather. I considered him very lucky. I wonder what he is doing now. ?He is one of the many faces I remember. I have fond memories of many people I met there. This is all with me speaking very little Spanish. I hope to get back there someday. I think it would be very sad, strange ...alien. I think the townsfolks are displaced and living whereever they can. .God bless the folks of Chaiten and the wonderful people of Chile.

Posted by steuding October 26, 08 12:07 AM

as a news watcher, I'm wondering why this didn't make it to the US news? I'd much rather hear and see this stuff than which moviestar is cheating on what political celeb. Probably not enough people killed to make the media interested.

Posted by Dirt roads October 28, 08 10:06 PM

WHAT!? 9000!

Posted by Nappa November 1, 08 03:36 AM

God, Bah, Two plates have risen against each other / \ to cause a volcano.. but since this one pre-existed, the plate Chile is on has moved over a "Hot spot" which is a magma chamber underground, the volcano was a weak spot.. the lava came flying up with all the added fury of being trapped below and blew this volcano to bits, unfortunatlly several towns were nearby and got owned by nature, i do feel for them, but GOD DID NOT CAUSE THIS (if he did he would have saved the f-n cow... this is only a general overview of how this volcano was caused, if it never passed the "Hot spot" none of this would have happened

Posted by Saintain Evil Brother, God November 5, 08 08:31 PM

awsome picts feel bad for everybody

Posted by ddv November 6, 08 02:26 PM

that is awsom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mayge November 11, 08 12:37 PM

I Fell bad for dem ppl !
I wuld be scared at a tym lyk dis !!
poor ppl =[

Posted by MEEEEHH !! November 12, 08 05:14 AM

To 79
Well said Ray, solidarity should have no border.

Posted by Ben November 25, 08 10:04 PM

I have never been scared of nature or anything but this was the most terrifying picture i have ever seen but it was cool to i love nature and every thing but this was awesome and scary at the the same time

Posted by Emily Cullen December 2, 08 02:01 AM

that is so cool but scary and sad 4 the cow i guess i would say that cause i live on a fame but from al the deaths from volcanos rip

Posted by emily December 2, 08 09:35 AM

I feel real bad for all the people who died in the volcano eruption. And I hope they all are in a BETTER place.

Posted by lil d December 5, 08 11:40 AM

I've just been to Isla Chiloe, just off the coast from Chaiten. The volcano is still spewing plenty of smoke and ash = you can see it clearly from 100's of miles away. Impressive.

Posted by Erik December 7, 08 10:21 PM

Some scientist believe that the end of the world will happen with a Super Volcano--Do you know what a Super Volcano is? If not look it up on the Internet. The above pictures are truly phenomenal. A super Volcano will make the above volcano's look like a small pimple on the end of your nose. 80-90% of the human population will end. Scary--absolutely

Posted by Randy Boechler December 12, 08 09:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous December 17, 08 03:35 PM

Sheesh. If people like those ranting here are going to heaven, I'm not sure I want to...

Posted by Iman Azol December 17, 08 07:26 PM

i love this website

Posted by nanny December 19, 08 10:03 AM

looks like the gates of hell to me

Posted by robert December 29, 08 04:51 PM

These are truly amazing photos. Wonderful composition and depth adds to the photos. The detail of color on the photos with the lighting are perfect. Great Job!!!!! I'm a photographer myself, and if I can shoot photos like in the near future, I know I will be very successful...

Thank you for sharing!

Posted by April December 31, 08 04:21 PM

Manmade greenhouse gasses are truely insignificant compared to nature. Bet this volcano put out more ash and pollution then all mankind in the past century! What a site to see (from a distance.)

Posted by Steve January 3, 09 06:20 PM

Does anyone know if it is possilble to purchase some of the photos as posters? That lightning is incredible.

Posted by Adela January 7, 09 06:52 PM

holy crap a dead cow

Posted by Anonymous January 8, 09 08:44 AM

i think it is so awesome that people can really get these pictures lioke that is so sad bou im really scared peoply say were gonna die in 2012 cause of a volcano

Posted by taylor January 9, 09 07:50 PM

Chile is and have always been hit by Volcano Eruptions and devastated MEGA Earthquakes and Tsunamis. It's all in records, since mid 1500'. The last known: May 21 and 22nd of 1960. It was not just one-powerful earthquake, but about 15 earthquakes. The strongest, it was recorded as 9.5 of the Richter Scale and it was shaking (strong) for about 10 minutes. The Tsumani that followed, it traveled all of the Pacific Ocean, and reached Hawai in 14 hours and the coast of Japan in 22 hours.
The whole country is a Volcano. There is a count of over 4,000 volcanoes, many of them, active volcanoes. So, volcano eruptions as well as earthquakes will always happen.
Don't be surprised about Chaiten Volcano. The good thing: Chile is well prepared for these emergencies, that include Volcanos, flooding, earthquakes and Tsunamis; thanks to the Onemi, the chilean bureau that manages all kinds of emergencies (FEMA in USA).
I just wanted to send what I know, for your information.

Posted by Patricio Stumpf January 11, 09 10:47 AM

wow...amazing pics. I wonder why we never see these events on the news. It seems to me that it would be newsworthy. I have never seen shots of lightening when a volcano erupts. There is some question in my mind as to what lightening (which comes from the ionosphere) and volcanic activity (which comes from below the Earth's crust) have to do with each other.
I have some idea...but I am not sure that it would be well received. I would recommend that people would do some personal research about the ionosphere, and also other weather and volcanic phenomenon. If you look into this enough, you will understand what I am getting at.

Posted by Tcat January 12, 09 07:13 AM

Devestating Power. The Volcano photos are beautiful. I want them as posters on my wall. Humans try so hard to produce electicity and power. One volcano produced power for the whole world in one day, maybe one hour. This shows how little minded and feeble the humans are. The volcano has shown it's power. Dam, I'm so blown away by the lightning on the volcano, it reminds me of God or Universe.

Posted by Kee January 17, 09 03:22 PM

i think these are really good pictures. it looks so cool! these pictures intersest me! just remember all the pictures that you take is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by laura perez January 17, 09 04:46 PM

I think these fotos are well braw (scottish word ;)) basicly i think the are good and they show alot about the secected eruption. i ecspesh love the ones of the lightning

xxx ;)

Posted by Keira && kirsty ;) luv yaa pal January 19, 09 10:59 AM

how lucky we are in canada, fell so sorry for those people who as to live through
something like that,

Posted by January 23, 09 10:01 PM

People who do not believe in God were not created by God and do not need God to exist. In fact even people who do believe in God were not created by God and don't need a non-existant God to exist; they just don't know it. Religion is the refuge of people ignorant about nature as a way to explain their fears about events in the natural world (natural=nature=natural). No God and no Jesus need apply.

Volcanoes, floods, massive fires, tidal waves, glaciers, et al, were occurring as natural processes long before humans populated the globe.

Posted by Yevrah January 27, 09 04:21 PM

I think that all the people that live there i am veary sorry that the people that died and i am happy that there kids are safe and sound that the kids are importent just as looseing there homes.

Posted by nastasia February 7, 09 09:22 PM

That is very cool

Posted by Kathryn February 8, 09 09:42 AM

For almost a year ash and gas have come each day from Chaiten Volcano. What accumulative amount of damage is happening and to what areas of South America is that not many scientist or reports venture. What a shame that there are not yet any significant studies of this region and this volcano..

Posted by David Beales February 10, 09 05:27 PM

varry intring it was good

Posted by Anonymous February 12, 09 09:08 PM

The "Year without a Summer" was in 1815 (or 1816?) when Tambora erupted in Indonesia, even bigger than Krakatoa 70 years later.

Posted by Nikolas February 13, 09 04:15 PM

i hait the Volcanos its scared me out!!! :s

Posted by Anonymous February 16, 09 07:17 PM

im doing a science report on this and i think its awesome!!!

Posted by alex February 17, 09 06:12 PM

tha tis like wow

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Posted by Anonymous February 19, 09 01:53 AM

that awesome photo lighting with erupting great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i bet you have good wage for that

Posted by Anonymous February 20, 09 06:37 AM


Posted by Anonymous February 21, 09 07:11 PM

Santa Madonna, where has the US education system gone?
I read with sadness and concern the plain weird religious interpretations of something as (relatively) simple as this natural phenomenon. I think it's perfectly ok to be a believer. I am one, for that matter, but one who reads (something other than the Bible) and thinks. You guys should try and do the same for once.
And the guy who praised #124 for his wisdom and moderate point of view: stop smoking crack, my friend.

Posted by The reader February 23, 09 05:38 PM

Whats truly amazing is we have spectacular pictures of a natural earth process.

People feel compelled to blog about religion, politics, human nature, and any other subject that is unrelated to the pictures.

If you can't comment on the volcano don't blog.

Posted by bill m February 25, 09 10:44 AM

thts the bomb dudes volcanoes r awesome lata

Posted by dylan February 26, 09 11:17 AM

hey they look wikid

Posted by Anonymous March 1, 09 06:31 PM

These were some of the best pictures i have ever seen!!! Expecially the lightning ones!!!!!

Posted by Bob Dillard March 2, 09 10:12 AM

Most awesome pictures of volcanic blast. I never realized that lightning was so much a part of a volcano eruption before. Good honest post of happenings.

Posted by Chris Seibel March 4, 09 02:16 AM

the people arwe smoking well they should nt be bc the volcano is erpuppptting

Posted by jo March 5, 09 12:35 PM

The pictures are awesome but there is no need for bad words when expressing.
That is so totally --------- sweet! =BAD
That is so extremely sweet!=Good

Posted by david March 5, 09 07:15 PM

holy crap that is the most awesome pictures that i've ever seen!

Posted by Dallen March 7, 09 10:35 AM

this crazy wow it just erupted feburary 20 2009

Posted by blank March 7, 09 04:12 PM

I feel bad for all the people/animals.
Every person that wrote against My God the only living God needs to get saved or you will go to hell, then after the rapture pluss a few thousand years you will go to the lake of fire, which by the way is hotter then lava pluss a million degrees pluss i don't know how much degreess, and this is the second death and you will have an everlasting death. just a few point with the truth. You can call me a freak as much as you want to but it takes a freak to know a freak. Cool pitures though!

Posted by Elisabeth Bedwell a christian March 10, 09 06:01 PM


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Posted by Rex March 13, 09 04:43 PM

To bill m you say People feel compelled to blog about religion, politics, human nature, and any other subject that is unrelated to the god get glasses
man theres demons and people in hell in these picture!!!god bless

Posted by morris m March 20, 09 08:08 PM

good pics :)

Posted by Mooph March 21, 09 11:54 AM

i want to marrie the dead cow

Posted by billy boob cakn March 24, 09 01:31 PM

Re:221....Yes. I agree with you 100% ! You are a freak. Did you know that Jesus
wasn't Christian? Did you know that he and his father were carpenters? Who do you think the Romans got to build all those crcifixes ? Wake up and join the human race. We don't need churches and we don't need you crazies belting out all
that bullcrap. Vaya con Diablo, stupido !

Dick from San Diego

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Posted by jAMES SWAGGART March 28, 09 07:55 PM

Waytago, Richard !

Posted by J. Mehauf Elgin, Il. March 29, 09 03:37 AM

the ones with lightning was absulutely awesome and cool

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Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 04:42 PM

good pictues and good information about the volcano so that people can be rescued from these natural calamities , i love this web site

Posted by sai April 27, 09 06:30 AM

oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo........................

Posted by braden April 29, 09 10:11 PM

These pictures are awesome. It shows that we truly have no control on the environment and most other things that go on around us. As for #157 and #234, don't automatically assume that this has nothing to do with God (or some other force besides nature). Just because you say that it has nothing to do with God doesn't mean that its true. You could be right, it might not have anything to do with God, but you could also be wrong. If you are wrong and God exists, whose to say that you'll be able to understand how he works? The concept of God is that God has all the power in the universe. If we have a higher being over us like God, we most likely won't be able to comprehend everything about him. It would be like trying to teach a dog or even an ant all the things that we as humans know. Its just not possible. So basically, we should just stop being so closed-minded and try to open ourselves to new truths even if they are completely contrary to what you have always known. We should strive for truth no matter how outrageous it may seem because in the end, what does it matter what you believe if you end up being wrong. You'll just be wishing that you had found the actual truth. You should really consider looking into religions or faith to see if they might be true. Religions could be all wrong and the worst that will happen to them is the same thing that will happen to you. We'll all be rotting in the ground, end of story. But if you're wrong and one of these religions or faiths are right, then you're probably going to be on the wrong end of the rope with consequences much worse than rotting in the ground. Don't just settle for what makes you feel good either. Settle for what is true. And all the "Christians" on here who are bible-bashing, you should just love these people and stop judging them. Judging is not your job. Who's going to become a Christian through you degrading them on a comment board. And just to mention again, these pictures are awesome. I wish I was good with a camera or at least with photoshop lol.

Posted by Stressed College Student April 30, 09 04:05 AM

These are amazing what fantastic pictures! They show how beautiful and minute we really are in the scheme of things.

Posted by Jane April 30, 09 12:02 PM

Did you know that this year another volcano erupted in Chile? It was Volcán Llaima, and this time it include a lot of lava, so dont worry so much ... here in Chile we are somehow used to volcanoes ... your sweet anyway, thankyou for your concern!

Posted by Chilean May 1, 09 03:16 PM

Dottie: I cannot believe you really think "Mother Nature" starts with Poor countries to take "back" the planet!
What a waste of a brain!
"Mother Nature" and "God" are the same idealistic dream of people that wish all could be explained with one or two words.
The people of Chaiten wants to return there, no matter what, and the Government want to build another town 10 km. to the north- to a Volcano, 10 km. are a joke, but there it is.

Posted by Jurgen Reitze May 3, 09 07:54 PM

Fascinating how many people here are more upset about the dead cow than the houses and people's lives that have been uprooted. Friends, a bovine is just a piece of property. Here as there. The farmer who owned that calf was probably pretty broken up about the loss, too. But not because he lost a "friend." He lost part of his livelihood.

The photos of the lighning over the volcanic ash cloud are amazing, and exactly what I was looking for when I made this search. Thanks so much!

Posted by Matt G May 9, 09 01:09 AM

Wow....that's is really terrible. Lightning covering the smokes wow! That's the most terrible volcano i have ever seen.

Posted by Nana May 10, 09 12:51 AM

i love you

Posted by Anonymous May 12, 09 05:39 PM

Beauty of denger

Posted by Md. Mominul Islam May 18, 09 01:02 AM

those picts are so cool that i even put it in "my pictures". u rock @ findin' picts like that and im e-mailing all my friend , tell them where i got the picts from.

Posted by shaun May 19, 09 08:44 PM

that is really cool

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Posted by hjsdfuihd May 28, 09 07:15 PM

its awesome but needs more

Posted by arianna offord June 1, 09 11:20 PM

there are a lot of crazies looking at these pictures. somebody find #160 and get this dude help. "metaphorically speaking", you're whacked out. volcanoes don't have DNA.

Posted by saneinthemembrane June 13, 09 12:45 AM

In response to post #151, I believe that the plan should be to do irreparable damage to the Earth so that it cannot hurt us any longer

Posted by Andrew June 13, 09 10:45 AM

My best to those in the middle of this tragedy. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that all had enough time to escape such an amazing, amazing sight! The pictures are beautiful and at the same time very frightening! We are watching our Mount Redoubt here in Alaska as it is still very much active and has had it's few days of ugliness...but, where there is smoke there is most likely fire and probably haven't seen the last of Redoubts bursts.

Posted by Tammy - Alaska South Peninsula June 13, 09 01:42 PM

To all those crazies talking about how god is responsible for this volcanic eruption......I live in Nashville, the "buckle of the Bible Belt" and on 9/11 I distinctly remember saying to a number of religious types "Look what god did!".

Their stunned looks and feeble responses were classic.

Yeah, yeah-I know I'm going to Hell; but when I get there my plan is to be a key menber of senior management.......

Posted by Bill June 13, 09 07:12 PM


Posted by PATTY June 15, 09 11:27 AM

These pictures are fantastic. It's amazing how beautiful, something so dangerous,
can be.

Posted by LeAnn June 24, 09 12:39 AM

*can't think of anything to say*

Posted by rick June 25, 09 09:44 PM

that is the sickest thing ive ever seen. loveyass.

Posted by PaulinaBabes' June 26, 09 01:15 PM

Really love the photos. I am doing a Physics project that requires a few pictures on volcanoes erupting. Wish I saw these earlier... Ah well there still awesome :)
Ah by the way everyone please stop posting religious AND anti-religious comments. It is really wasting a lot of space. The commenting is for the pictures not for religious purposes. Once again I BEG of you to stop it.

Posted by Anonyomous July 8, 09 06:52 AM

it really nice to see ,but is really trebilly and it can also happend that it change the surface of the earth and destroy everything.

Posted by faruk hossain July 19, 09 09:22 AM

I am amazed by these photos and how absolutely spectacular Mother Nature can be! I am also amazed at peoples ignorance and quickness to bash one another. Raised Christian (but always questioning the Bible logic), I came out of the closet several years ago and admitted that I just don't believe the stories (no, I'm not gay!). I don't believe because so often you see "Christians" so quick to put others down for not sharing their same beliefs - from what I remember about church - that isn't right. I challenge religious people I know by asking very logical questions, like: If God has a plan for everyone, why then does it often include suffering (especially for children)? But they cannot give me an answer that makes sense. I always hear, "because it is his plan...they are needed more in Heaven". That's a crock of shit, if you ask me! The larger phenomenon that I believe in...doesn't make people suffer for no reason and accepts ALL for who they are. I believe that if we follow common sense laws in society, which the Ten Commandments seem to make sense to me...than why can't I have an abundant afterlife?! Who are you to shun me? Please allow everyone to believe in what they want...and realize, that yes...there is something greater than us "humans" out there. Is it God or is the power of the universe, guiding and directing us? No one knows...all we base our beliefs on are stories. This debate is historically the same debate that has caused numerous wars throughout the history of the world...we should not be such narrow minded humans. We should not judge one another, but accept everyone for who and what they are. Everyone has a different background and it is not right to judge. I could go into a very colorful diatribe about what I sometimes think about Bible bangers, but for what? To feed their anger and hostility toward us non-believers? Let's just appreciate the time we have here on this planet, take care of it while we're here...and respect one another. We won't be here forever, but this planet will thrive long after we're gone.

Posted by Damara July 31, 09 01:24 PM

#258, I think you are absolutely right to put "Christians" in quotation marks. Must of the people you are talking about probably aren't Christians because they think being a Christian only means reading the bible and going to church. They miss out on the fact that it's not just that. And your right about it being a crock of s*** about children dying because they are needed more in heaven. We shouldn't judge other because God does accept everyone as they are into his kingdom. All they need to do is accept Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. Then its their duty to try to live the best they can.

Posted by Stressed College Student August 7, 09 12:01 AM

the poor animal. but AMAZING pictures

Posted by migaloo August 12, 09 02:17 AM

WOW!!!! these pics are amazing. very very good photography.its sad to see poor animals die...i wish the world wud care some more for them.

Posted by natasha August 19, 09 12:50 PM

this is very screamy beautiful nice job i need some more photograph of this for doing project in geo plz

Posted by riya August 20, 09 11:33 PM

Estimados amigos de Chaitén,
Soy francés y en 2000 visité Chaitén y me quedé allí 3 días. El sitio me pareció maravilloso y recuerdo que me dije "volveré". Espero que algún día pueda volver a ver este lugar tan auténtico. Espero sobre todo que la gente que lo quiera pueda quedarse en Chaitén, vivir en su pueblo sin tener que temer las decisiones administrativas y la locura de este volcán. Desde Francia, les envío a todos un saludo amistoso y el testimonio de mi sincera tristeza y solidaridad.

Posted by Denis Rodrigues August 24, 09 12:43 PM

After reading many posts I guess none of the "Bible Thumpers" or "Jesus Freaks" have realized that there are people on the forum asking "Who is God" and "What Bible". You so-called Christians should be ashamed of yourself for not answering these people! For those of you who do not know and are wondering: the Bible is our Father's Holy word that he provided us to use and live by. God is our Heavenly Father and created every bit of "mother nature" and also created all people. He placed us here to do good and to live for Him and worship Him. In order to go to Heaven a person must admit they are a sinner, ask God to forgive them and know that God sent His only son, Jesus, to die for our transgressions. Jesus is the only way to Heaven and if you reach the age of accountability (be it 5 years old, 12 years old, or 30 years old), you must accept Jesus into your heart and live for God in order to spend eternity in Heaven with God, Jesus, and other Christians. If you do not repent you will be sent to Hell and tormented in an undying flame for eternity.

If you are going to critique this I ask you to please not. Just move on because I understand that everyone has an opinion that they are entitled to but I am not trying to offend any of you.

Posted by D.b. August 24, 09 07:31 PM

dat is cool

Posted by Anonymous August 27, 09 10:34 AM

Awesome pictures, wish I knew how to time lapse photo like that, can't afford the camera.

Posted by Cmonsins September 1, 09 07:06 AM

Damn, how did a picture of a volcano exploding evolve into a bitching contest about God? I know, I know, if God doesn't answer your wish for a million dollars he doesn't exist. And damn, those friggin' baboons sure look like humans, not that a deity can like something and improve on it or be creative. But then you have WTF ever it is the Platypus who just seems to fall into how many categories? But we just name it and say it is so. Funny, how the God-haters spout science as being the beat all that ends all. The same science that said EFFING PLUTO is a planet, or that there is widespread glaobal warming (Earth has been cooling since 2007 and 2009 has been downright FRIGID) - of course the "experts" just say that there may be cooling trends for years or decades (millenia?). What are the odds of life, as science claims it started, happening on Earth? If the odds are good, why haven't we seen life form other planets? If the odds are bad EXPLAIN HOW IT HAPPENED. In fact, in the vastness of the universe, the billions of light years it covers, explain how all that mass came into being and WHY. God is my Alpha, He started this mess, what is your alpha, chance? To say there is no God would equate to there being no evil in the world - you can't have one without the other - if you deny evil in the world then you are truly a putz. Christians are not perfect, we are all sinners. If we repent, we can go to our death knowing we are forgiven for the Christ lived our lives and knows how dfifficult it is. I will die knowing that satan has not entered my body and stolen my soul as he has all you denyers and liars. Billions of Christians can't be wrong

Posted by Caiaphas Brown September 1, 09 09:48 AM

I wonder what the cow did to piss off God so much that he covered him in holy ash?

Posted by jim d September 1, 09 01:49 PM

These images horrify me, but at the same time, they amaze and inspire me. My compliments to the photographer.

Posted by Genura September 1, 09 02:42 PM

Such a beautiful place. It's so sad. I used to live in Southern Chile.

Posted by ecmoRandomNumbers September 1, 09 11:00 PM

It's a sign! "needs more cowbell"

Posted by Prophet September 2, 09 04:47 AM

Incredible photographs. Living in SoCal, we see similar pictures of events beyond our control: the wildfires. While they are a natural event, their power is stunning. One feels so insignificant that one can almost grok the birth of the gods, rising from ignorance.

>>Billions of Christians can't be wrong

That is a fallacious argument. Here are a few others:

Billions of Chinese can't be wrong.
Billions of bacteria can't be wrong.
Billions of stars can't be wrong.

Meaningless? You bet. That is my point.

As for religion: if one stops LIVING IN THE PAST, one realizes there is no need to fabricate a god (or gods).

Posted by Badotz September 3, 09 09:42 AM

I think the picture with the soldiers lighting up is hilarious - what? They don't got enough hot ash in their lungs yet?

Posted by Kristina September 3, 09 09:54 AM

Saw this on

Looking at the terrifying volcano-cloud lightning storms, I can totally understand how the ancients believed in the wrath of an "all-powerful god." I mean, just look at the 6th pic! Even Michael Bay would think that image is over-the-top!

Posted by zxcvb September 3, 09 05:17 PM

272 What are you going to say when you find out god has created it all and you haven't a clue. Science is how God works. No use talking to you as you would think a chronograph found in the desert was spontaneously created by the sand. Sorry you are so mis informed. This whole earth was created by the Lord and some day you will be required to acknowlege that.
We learn from the past mistakes. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat the same failures. Awsome Pictures.

Posted by Christen September 3, 09 05:21 PM

Look at all those greenhouse gasses! Kind of makes your SUV and hairspray look insignificant doesn't it? If the environmentalists were really serious about climate change they would be hard at work to plug up this huge carbon footprint. Maybe if we threw Al Gore in the thing it would appease the volcano gods.

Posted by Daniel September 4, 09 08:56 AM

The power of nature is so huge. How quickly it can wipe out entire villages, even entire regions. It's so beautiful at the same time. Amazing to stare at those photos from your computer in relative safety. Those poor people that were displaced and whose lives are probably still in chaos trying to recover. I liked all the discussion about God too. I'll throw in that experiencing nature - watching, listening and feeling the wonder and sometimes simplicity of it nurtures my own spirituality more than anything else I do. I can understand why these photos have led to talk about spiritual beliefs. Let us be open to differences, and respectful, as we sort out our own.

Posted by Tudy September 4, 09 09:59 AM

The whole earth represents and old shell of a cocoon these are growing pains. I am happy to to know Jesus and his angels. The flight plan is out of this world.

Posted by Andy September 4, 09 12:46 PM

For the billions who need an imaginary friend to assuage their fear of death, keep your delusions to yourself and we'll get along. If you can't/won't, be prepared for intellectual conflict.

Posted by Jhon September 4, 09 12:48 PM

I don't have to intellectualize what is already obvious. I wouldn't want anyone to miss the butterfly because they are unable to escape that cocoon of fear regarding transformation and transportation.

Posted by andy September 4, 09 02:09 PM

cool only when someone is not hurt

Posted by coleman September 4, 09 04:42 PM

God must have been really mad at that town in Chile.

Maybe they were working on th Sabbath or wearing clothing made out of more than one kind of fabric. That will do it every time. As soon as anybody works on the Sabbath or wears clothing made out of more than one kind of fabric God kills them dead.

Suffering witches to live is bad, but not as bad as wearing clothing made out of two kinds of fabric. God just might let you survive if you suffer a witch to live. But two fabrics? No way. Volcano right in the side of the head.

Posted by Youssef51 September 5, 09 03:36 AM

Awesome pictures but scary!

Posted by Alicia September 5, 09 12:19 PM

Fantastic pics. Seems to bring out the voyeur in us all. Love the beauty of the spectacle, but grieve the heartache caused by it.
As for the talk of God; I happen to be a believer and don't appreciate those who tell me to STFU when I express those beliefs. If you don't choose to believe, that's your right, and I won't preach about how 'wrong' you are. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, for or against, but no one has the right to shout down the other because their beliefs don't match yours. There are greater things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
I say keep an open mind, but if you insist on bashing Christian's for their beliefs, and you live your life as if God doesn't exist, I just pray you're right. Just my two cents worth, take it or leave it.
Whoever took the photos, darn fine work.

Posted by Brian September 5, 09 12:46 PM

volcano are so cool

Posted by sally September 5, 09 03:23 PM

If you are right and there is no God I will have lost nothing by my belief. I f I am right and there is a God, what will you have lost?

Posted by Sandi September 5, 09 06:44 PM

#286 - Bravo and Amen ;-)

Posted by Deeli September 6, 09 11:27 AM

BRAVO # 286 and 287. Although the ones it was for probably won't understand anyway!!!!

Bravo again and God bless you both! (and them too!)

Posted by vacoday September 6, 09 05:02 PM

I have never seen so many words mispelled or sentence stucture destroyed as demonstrated in most of the comments above. Can you say "Dictionary"?
The pictures are beautiful.

Posted by SK September 6, 09 07:02 PM

Amazing! The posts on here are amazing as well. So varied and other worldly at times.

Why didn't any one think to take their cow with them?

Why would you lite up a smoke with ash in the back ground?

Thank God or what ever that I don't live in a region such as theirs. I'd shit my pants and move away asap!

Posted by KAt September 6, 09 07:04 PM

Awesome (in the truest sense of the word!) photos! Thank you for posting them for us to enjoy... and get a sense of how powerful the forces of the planet can be. I lived in Corvallis, Oregon when Mount St. Helens erupted and we got a dusting of ash down there... several hundred miles south... even though the winds up there are prevailing westerlies! This planet is an amazing place to live!

As an aside... #286 and #287, (and all other posts of their ilk) what do your comments have to do with the incredible photos taken by this talented photographer? Or the volcanic eruption? Or the lives of the people and animals who were affected by it? I truly wish that people would not use EVERY single page on the internet to preach their beliefs. Use the appropriate sites... and stay on topic on this one. Both sides have done an equal amount of bashing, so both should back off. JMHO.

Posted by Catherine September 6, 09 07:40 PM

#286 and what if you picked the wrong god...

Posted by Georgine September 6, 09 09:47 PM

BRAVO!!!!!!! #289.

Posted by saitta September 7, 09 02:07 AM

This earth is one in a million!!!

Posted by Tedacita September 7, 09 10:15 AM

The awesome power or nature. Those pic. are spatacular

Posted by Linda September 7, 09 01:38 PM

OK folks.
No human has proved there is a God , Nor can any one prove there is No God. The Big Bang is only a theory!!!
Faith is what we must have and all do find at the last moment of extreme life before death. BUT, It may be too late for many then to have Faith in their God.
Practice Faith before your time ends, because at that time it will be very evident whether you have beleived or NOT!!!!

Posted by TDMAC September 8, 09 12:53 AM

it's pretty simple really, religion - some of the older ones were closest to the truth.. the world and all it's sin, evil, pain and suffering was created by an evil god. Our responsibility is to ourselves and those we care about to survive this evil creation and strive to become gods ourselves, righting the wrongs of this universe we were born into.

Or.. just go on worshiping the evil god, what do I care..

Posted by Karlos September 8, 09 11:21 AM

264 - You have the right to your informed opinion...all others are like....well, you get the idea.

267 - the chance of life on Earth? 100%, it seems. And there is no evil...bad things happen, full stop.

296 - You don't understand what a scientific theory is.

Cool pics.

Posted by JLC September 8, 09 03:05 PM

Geeze louise...

#1) This isn't a "sign of the end times", it's a volcano blowing up. It's not even a blip compared to Krakatoa and that was 126 years ago. Was the end times imminent back then? Hmm... Apparently not. How about Mount Mazama 7,686 years ago? Nope... no end times then either.

#2) As to prayer, God's intervention, etc. etc. They did a study on prayer not too long ago. They took a group of heart patients, one group was prayed for (without their knowledge to eliminate the placebo effect) and the other was not prayed for.

Results? Prayer is 100% ineffectual.

Posted by Jordan Lund September 8, 09 06:10 PM

Some fine pictures, must be a sight to behold in person.

And all you god botherers need to get off the acid

Remember kids, winners don't do drugs :)

Posted by Picture loving atheist September 8, 09 06:20 PM

its first activity in over 9,000 years.
over 9000

Posted by Blank September 9, 09 04:15 AM

My grandson said COOOOOOl !!!!!

Posted by Doc September 9, 09 07:54 PM

WOW! they are so....... AWSOME/AWSTRUC lol how awsome ???!!!

Posted by jessikkaaaaaa...... September 9, 09 10:34 PM

I would have never thought that things like this would be

Posted by Anonymous September 10, 09 11:24 PM

Muldero, amigo, I see nothing!

Posted by Sculeto September 11, 09 03:49 PM

the ones with lighting are awsome!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 09 01:45 PM

The bible tells me that satan is pissed off because his time is getting short. It also tells me that he travels like lightning and walks up and down in the stones of fire..

So don't blame this one on God. Pagan and religious folk get the story line right.

The devil is a bad dude and he and his angels carry with them the weight of all kinds of natural power and disasters.

Posted by Andy September 16, 09 09:43 PM

That is awsome and cool

Posted by Lauren September 17, 09 10:19 AM

great pics

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 09 12:58 PM


Posted by Thomas September 22, 09 12:37 PM

Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test." Remember that when you try to disprove God and look at the utter glory of this volcano with reverence.

Posted by Stephen kowalick September 22, 09 02:29 PM


WHOA! Snopes sent me. The pictures are incredibly good! Thank the Al for inventing the net so that we could share (for free no less!) these images and all the other images in such clarity (did you know they have pictures of neked people on this intenet too?)

One thing I would like to know is if the pix are (for lack of the technical term), snapshots or are they composite shots of a longer exposure. Was there an instant when the entire dust cloud was lit up?

I will say that that was an awful short cow. I noted to myself that the ash cover wasn't that thick at least where the cow flopped. I remember pictures of people with snow shovels for both Pinnitubo and St Helens, the ash was so deep.

I also didn't note, but I have to say that I admire that they did evacuate this town... I guess when the president isn't on a month long vacation, that sort of thing can happen.

As to the righteous who have posted here: I'm reminded by this volcano of one that hit the tiny Atlantic Island of Monserrat a number of years ago. There was a report on the teevee that interviewed a man who had moved his wife and daughter from Montana (IIRC) because of his fear of all the crime there... in MONTANA! The CRIME!

So he moved to Monserrat, and he bought a home that had been condemned. Why was it condemned? Because it sat in the stream bed of the most probable path of the lava, should the volcano erupt. No reasonable man would own it, and as such it was condemned, until a nut job would buy it (hey, free markets!)

The volcano erupted and the man was on the roof at the time. He ran into the house followed by his wife and daughter. They ran down the hall and turned the corner just as the heat blast came through the house (yeah, that cow was probably roasted before it got the ash flavored breading).

The father was fine, the mother was fine, but the little girl had third degree burns all down her back. What does that tell you? That Mr. I'mprotectingmyfamilyfromMontanacrime was first in line and he left his little girl to fend for herself!

The moral of this story is: Don't assume that your righteousness is going to make you any better of a person. That goes for both sides!

Posted by Dredpiraterobts September 22, 09 06:20 PM

Wow. Wow. and Wow. Capturing those images from the electrical storms was mystifying. Just gorgeous!

Posted by Teisha-Vonique September 23, 09 10:36 AM

(The lightning is only a coincidence.)

Awesome pictures.

Posted by CaRteR September 23, 09 02:31 PM

I totally agree with Jordan Lund, # 299. Come on people, do some research, stop living in such a tiny little box. Also, if you believe so strongly that you would die for your religion, why not check out all the other religions that do the same? Are they ALL wrong and only YOUR religion is the RIGHT one? Hmmm, how is this so hard...

"Religion is the opiate of the people" Karl Marx

Posted by Mary September 30, 09 03:46 PM

Hmmm... Here we have Mary (315) quoting Karl Marx in opposition to those who quote the Bible. I'm certainly not hedging my bets on ol' Karl...

Consider that a single cell organism is far mor complex than the space shuttle (Darwin and his compadres didn't have the technology to understand that in his time), then you have to doubt seriously that the cell we "evolved" from just accidentally "burped" out of the primordial soup. That would be as likely as all of the earthly elements spewing out of that volcano just "coincidentally" grouping together, cooling together and somehow forming into a perfectly working swiss watch. Whatdahell! Even a single DNA strand contains more information than the Library of Congress.

Science will never be able to disprove the existence of God. If anything, science points to a Creator. It's then left to the individual to choose whether to accept that which is (IMO), or or to take the (seemingly) easy way out and believe in nothing. God wants our love and obedience in much the same way we want it from our kids. I don't want my kids to feign a love for me out of fear or threat of force. I want them to genuinely love and admire me (I've got a long row to hoe, I would imagine). In the same way, God will not force himself on us, and yes... a little bit of faith is required.

We live in a world of opposing spirits. It is a fallen world and the spirit of the world is Satan. He's gaining more ground every day. He pretty much rules the planet, as was predicted 2000 yrs ago by Christ and 2600-2700 yrs ago by the prophets Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Isaiah.

They all have an unblemished track record up to this point. I don't have the cojones to doubt that the remaining predictions (Christ's return, Satans demise and the millenial rule) will work out as written. As for the yay-hoo (Bill?) who says he's looking for a key management position in hell... good luck, Even Satan won't have any stroke when it's all said and done. Hell will be his final destination and punishment. Your retirement plan with him is as good as Enron's. Suck up to him now and you may be able to benefit by hanging out right there alongside 'im. He won't rule in hell then and certainly isn't there now... he's here amongst us. He ain't there now and ain't gonna wanna go when it's time.

Evidence of his (temporary) increase in influence is seen as much in this blog as anywhere else. Not too many years ago, therre would never have been the bitter bias against Him that we see now. There were many agnostics, but relatively few atheists. Me... I just refuse to believe that nothing created everything.

Posted by Bob October 7, 09 11:01 PM

Awesome pictures, of a disaster!

Posted by sassa October 10, 09 01:39 AM

Isn't God amazing? He made this world for us to take care of and to spread His love throughout. We need to keep up God's wishes. Those of us who have never faced such a trauma - hurricane, tornado, fire, war and on and on, can thank God that we never have or will experience such tragedy. Those who have been through horrible experiences can identify with these people.
And yet God made such an amazing occurrence so we can be in awe of
His power and glory!

Posted by Katherine McCawley October 15, 09 08:15 PM

To (316) :) enjoy.
Stanley Miller and Harold Urey created amino acids from basic chemicals in 1953. Amino acids are required for life. They are the beginning blocks of life.
"I dont pretend to know whats going to happen after I die because I DONT KNOW. You dont know either because you dont have any mental abilities that I dont have" - Bill Maher
Common sense here, look at how many different religions exist now and throughout time. How many people have been willing to die for each of these reliugions? (Wicca, Catholic, Muslim, Zaoism, Jewish, Protestant, Buddist, Hindu, Daoism, ect.) Not to mention the variations of each of these major religions. Humans don't UNDERSTAND how we exist, but we are so conceited that we think there is an answer we can sum up with a humanized god. The deeper a person looks into science and simple logic from seeing the variety of the world, the more a specific definition of "god" becomes silly, what if god is nothing more than the alternate form of existance of a quark?

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 01:44 PM

Stanley Miller conducted his experiment in a mix of gases thought to be that of the early planet's composition. When scientists modified their view on the composition of the atmosphere of that era, the experiment was repeated, but the results weren't. Even if they had been, amino acids, while being essential to life are not life. The basic chemicals that would have supposedly found their way into an amino acid composition as well were either created intentionally or were the result something being created from nothing by random chance. Random chance just doesn't create the uncreated.

It's like the story of the scientists who decided they didn't need God anymore and challenged him because they figured out how to bring forth life from dirt. God accepted the challenge. When they bent down to scoop some dirt for the process, God said no, no, no... Get your own dirt.

The fact that there are many religious factions and many false teachings doesn't change the truth of the God that is.

’A little science sends man far away from God, a great deal of science brings man back to God.’ -- Sir Isaac Newton

Posted by Bob October 22, 09 07:57 PM

First, I apologize for bringing up Stanley Miller before I researched him myself. Nice examples and quote from Isaac Newton also. I am not an Atheist, or religious.

"The fact that there are many religious factions and many false teachings doesn't change the truth of the God that is." Bob

I have an inlaw who is in prison for life because of molesting his children. He believed so strongly that god had given him his daughters to do with what he wanted that he actually used that as his arguement in court. I'm not saying that that represents christianity by any means, but he was as sure of god's will as the suicide bomber, the crusader, the monk setting themselves on fire, the people willing to go through horrific torture instead of simply saying that they don't believe something. The same as you "knowing" what truth and god are because you have some special insight and direct line to god that other people simply dont have, just like everyone else..
I wont even bother getting into the similarities between older gods like Horus, Mithras, and Jesus Christ. (Sons of god, born of virgin mother, performed healing miracles)
To sum up hours of possible conversation. IF an all powerful all knowing god created me, even with free will, this god would know everything I would do. So then I'm responsible? Isn't HE the all powerful one. I would never put myself ahead of a god like this, so that must mean he is the one responsible for sending me to hell. Basically, if a god that is so complex that it created the world and then demands such childishly simple blind obedience, exactly the same as several "false" versions of obedience, I want nothing to do with him. It is beneath me.
I leave the final word to you Bob.

Posted by Nathan October 24, 09 01:39 AM

Who is this god person everyone is talkling about? Is he that old MIT professor that walked around campus talking to himself and called it praying?
As they say in the unknown tongue " torfumalba cosiert d' melighamaterim"?
"corpus humor victrius"

(Think I have a chance to wiin this great bull shit contest?)

Posted by Kindel Mc November 1, 09 11:15 PM

It's crazy that normally lightning is a hard thing to photograph, but in this case the volcanoes smoke is absolutely electric. Amazing.

Posted by Mary Jane November 3, 09 07:01 PM

can see natural calamity via valcanos very dangerous

Posted by sankar November 4, 09 02:09 AM

wtf man wow im lucky man but wow i was thear i was so scared

Posted by wow November 18, 09 08:01 AM

folks remember the hollow earth new shwabenland hitler ? there in this far southern area remain the people of Friendship portal of the black sun to the inner world ,
beware we terrestrial from the outer world in hands of devil-demiurg the serpent ,the hologram where we dream live ,
days are Corcovado volcano is speaking loud and clear just 20 km away.
weak up ¡¡

Posted by dn xixote November 21, 09 01:04 PM

If God is real then why do people keep blabbering about how people don't believe and go out into the world and do something about it. Some people don't have to walk into a church to see the wonders of God look at the world around you there is plenty out. My family is not into traditional stuff so we thing that if you don't believe go ahead and don't because it won't be me who is out there say I told you so

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Posted by BLAH December 1, 09 03:08 PM

OMG poor cow (whos breaking the news to the parents) the volcano pictures were awesome!

Posted by Flipnout December 11, 09 01:55 PM

crazy but really awesome looking

Posted by Anonymous January 7, 10 03:44 PM

Speechless....They say a picture says 1000 words.
sad for those who lost their loved ones homes and more.....

Posted by Jane January 13, 10 01:17 PM

this is amazing

Posted by kam February 10, 10 08:54 PM

GOD'S creation right their!!!

Posted by greyson ras February 13, 10 02:35 PM

I have the feeling, we are going to ear new findings about or near that volcano, I am looking for a purple ground when snow melts... please let me know if someone have pictures of this..I will apreciate that!

Posted by Richard February 18, 10 01:23 PM

To #235
You speak of open-mindedness yet you tell us that we should try out your way of believing. We don't understand a vast amount about the universe or its mechanics, and that scares people. However, it's not right to criticize someone's beliefs just because they aren't your own.
"Just because you say that it has nothing to do with God doesn't mean that its true." Yes, but even if you say it does have something to do with God doesn't mean that it does. I personally don't believe in a God or higher power, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. Like you said, maybe he does exist and we can't comprehend him. But is there not also that possibility that maybe he doesn't exist? If I die and find out that I'm wrong, then at least I can look back on my life and be glad that I stood what I firmly believe in. Are not a person's beliefs the only thing they have in life? I may be alone in my final seconds, and you may have your faith in the afterlife and God in yours, but I know I will die happy as long as I have the nature and the mountains around me. I do not mean to sound like an ass, but I'm sure I do, and I wish you the best of lives. I am open to your idea of God, but it isn't the belief that I stand by.

Posted by NotTooNihilistic February 22, 10 08:20 PM

help that is horbol

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 10 02:17 PM

hi, feel so sorry for all the people and animals...and yes, plants, too. the volcano looks scary gave me the shudders. i was looking for still-active volcanoes, but oh well, this web-site is very useful. thanks for the photographs! i don't want to interfere with the "god" conversation, but some people just have opinions. some people are christain, some are not. but, i agree with others, too. we believe in what we believe. but pllease, this is about a volcano eruption, not god or about going to heaven or whatsoever. lets get on with the subject, i mean, i know some of you are religious, but please, we are looking at these pics not to argue about religious beliefs or all those other hunkledoodle arguments. now, back to subject, i don't mean this in a harmful way to some of you, but please don't make fun of the cow or anything else...besides, would you like it if a volcano erupted and you or someone else you had loved died, and thenpeople make fun of that? i think that's cruel, if you ask me. ok, this s getting too long now, so bye!
p.s. to the photographer, awesome shots, but indeed treacherously scary!!! it's the worth the risk, i gues.... :) bye to all, and have a nice/wonderful day!!!

Posted by Leah Carnelli March 29, 10 10:59 PM

Breath taking photos. Especially the lighting bolts. Amazing!

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Posted by Anonymous April 19, 10 09:55 AM

thanks for the pics yo they're amazin!

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 10 02:37 PM

All this talk of god and satan, for heavens sake, its a natural phenonomen, the earth is always spewing out its venom, its just that we have high tech media and internet now, in the past we didnt hear much and only heard about it much later. It does seem though, that in the last few years, the world has had more and more natural disarsters happening..........maybe the world is cracking? With the latest volcano, Eyjafjallajokull errupting, it seems like the world is cracking from the top down.....I wonder if anyone has checked exactly where all these disarsters are happening on a world perspective?
Is this the start of the world cracking up?

Posted by Sue from South Fremantle WA April 22, 10 08:31 PM

Rather funny you refer to 'the city of Chaiten'. I once spend there one day and I estimated the population at about 500. They evacuated 1500 people, so that must be the whole hamlet, plus all the farmers in the region.
It was a big eruption, and the pictures are beautiful, but it was hardly a disaster. Eruptions like this happen almost every year, so there's nothing to get hysterical or religious about. Save your tears for the big quakes to hit San Fransisco or Tokyo, but all your prayers are not going to prevent them.

Posted by Paul van Schie April 23, 10 07:13 AM


Posted by DEAN April 29, 10 07:04 AM

#160 is right, but doesn't talk English very well, eh?

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Posted by Anonymous May 12, 10 03:37 PM

Alan these are horrifically beautiful photos.You really captured many visual and emotional perspectives. It's very inspiring- for my desire to create stunning photography and for my desire to help those in need.
I even got some goosebumps.
Thank you!

Posted by Alison June 25, 10 12:52 AM

amazing photograpy...

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 10 06:16 PM

love the electrical storm photos, pitty soo much distruction is caused by them tho

Posted by Anonymous August 30, 10 05:14 AM

omg that is turble

Posted by shelly sturgill September 30, 10 06:15 PM

People, you should be ashamed of your ignorance: your spelling is atrocious. Nothing says "I'm an ignoramus" like the inability to spell, except, perhaps, the inability to STFU about your belief in some kind of super hero.

How you can infer the existence of this super hero from these photographs is remarkable. That you wonder why so many of us don't "get" it speaks volumes. (I wonder why the cow had to die? Was it a Brahma?)

You can believe me when I say that nothing is as tiresome as being told what to believe or not to believe.

The event was not "turble" as Shelly Sturgil stated. It was just the Earth proving plate tectonics. Nice abuse of the English language, Shelly! (An aside to the fool who thinks the Earth is "cracking up": relax, it isn't the Earth; it's just you).

Posted by Badotz October 2, 10 10:34 AM

great picture were did they come from

Posted by studentBTR2009 November 8, 10 07:56 AM

We weren't "put" on this earth by "God", we evolved, so there is no reason why anyone should think we were created in "Gods" image, unless "God" is microscopic organism. Great Photos by the way.

Posted by Ben November 10, 10 07:26 AM

this is awsome for my hmwk

Posted by Bashy November 12, 10 07:07 AM

omg!! I have to laugh at the pathetic arguments going on between those who believe and those who dont. It is a volcano, not the wrath of a 'god'. Just like a bottle of fizzy pop that is shaken til the top blows, just on a bigger scale. I am not religous and I dont go pushing my so called non beliefs down other peoples necks. If you want to discuss any sort of religion find a topical website and tap away to your hearts content cos this site is about a volcano and nothing else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by andy from uk November 12, 10 06:17 PM

hola como estas

Posted by poop November 15, 10 12:51 PM

These pictures are amazing! As for the conversation about God, He IS real. whether you believe in Him or not. Just sayin. (:

Posted by Bee December 3, 10 12:19 PM

Darama or the second person to comment, please i woul dlike for you to search for the Jehova's Winessses and i PROMISE to you that all of your questions will be answered! they will explain to you in detail why god lets the humans and especially the children go trhough soooo much harm and suffer. please, please look for them. you can google then and their web site will come up. i'm glad you're amazed by what human nature can do and like i said before, please look and search fro the Jehova's Witnesses. Thank you.

Posted by Conny February 21, 11 01:51 PM

We as woodland Badgers find these absolutley deverstating, i could imagine this happening to my den full of ash and lava my life would be over

Posted by badgers r us March 4, 11 05:10 AM
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