After lying dormant for 42 years, the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the last 24 hours, once at 6PM local time, creating a sunset unlike any other. The blast sent an enormous column of lava and ash into the air, spanning over the surrounding area and reaching as far as Puerto Montt, which is the gateway city of the Patagonia region. Chile has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world, with nearly 500 that are active.
The volcanic eruptions took authorities by surprise, causing a red alert to be declared and resulting in the evacuation of more than 4,000 people within a 12-mile radius. Additionally, schools in the area have been shut down and flights have been cancelled. While the eruptions have been disruptive and precautionary measures have been taken, Calbuco is located in the Los Lagos national reserve region, allowing the aftermath to leave the surrounding towns and cities mostly unaffected.