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  • Laura Dawson

    Meanwhile, in Mordor…. photo by Carlos Gutierrez with Reuters Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted last month in south-central Chile, belching ash more than 6 miles into the sky. Winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, prompting the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said.

  • Meg Eason

    AWESOME photo of Chile's Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. (Reuters)

  • samantha george

    Chile's Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. (Reuters) MOTHER NATURE.. amazing!

  • Jo Ann Karnatz

    A volcanic eruption and a lightning storm. On June 5, 2011, the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile became volatile for the first time in a decade. The beast belched ash six miles high into the sky while lightning danced around the top of the plume. Scientists have noted that only really large eruptions can generate such thunderbolts, but the origin of the powerful electric charges remains unknown. (REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

  • Charlotte Haynes

    Photo by Carlos Gutierrez, Reuters There are at least 2 types of volcanic lightning. One occurs at the mouth of the volcano, & the other - as shown over Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano complex in 2011 - electrifies the heights of the plume, possibly as rising water becomes a mix of droplets & ice-coated ash particles. The water & frozen-ash particles, said McNutt rub against each other. The contact produces static charges which is what happens in thunderstorms.

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This picture released by the Chilean Air Force shows the cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, taken on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, prompting evacuations for 3500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. AFP PHOTO/Chilean Air Force