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Lightning strikes pine tree by bill.bryant99 on Flickr. "I managed to catch this lightning strike on a pine tree last night. Fortunately, there was heavy rain at the time, so the fire was extinguished immediately." Golden, Colorado, US.
June 5, 2011 | a volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain of south-central Chile erupted after lying dormant for more than 50 years. The government evacuated several thousand residents as Puyehue threw ash more than 6 miles into the sky, pushing the plume toward neighboring Argentina. Authorities had already put the area around the volcano on alert after a flurry of earthquakes earlier on Saturday -- at one point, the tremors reached an average of 230 per hour.