Photos of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Eruption In Chile

When my wife told me this last Saturday evening that she had just heard about a volcanic eruption several hundred miles south of Santiago, Chile, I could hear the anxiety in her voice. It had just been a little over a year ago that my daughter, her husband, and my youngest son survived one of the strongest earthquakes on record while living in Placilla - roughly 70 miles from the epicenter. So the racing of our hearts was a familiar feeling. Recently Carissa and Eric moved several hundred miles south of Santiago near the little town of Encenada. They moved to a beautiful little rustic lake cottage - nestled between two volcanos! We quickly located via Google Maps where the eruption had occured: The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle. Coincidentally, this volcanic complex is about 70 miles north of their home. Whew! There was some delay in contacting them, but we finally heard from them Sunday morning. When the eruption occurred Saturday, it was so cloudy that they were not aware that it had happened. So far, the ash has bypassed their home. Most of the ash from the eruption has settled on the Argentine town of San Carlos de Bariloche - due east of where they live.

Carissa and Eric sent these spectacular snapshots of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle eruption as seen from the driveway to their home. They say that at night the ash plume is eerily lit from lightning within the cloud - easily visible though 70 miles away.

Living in the "Ring of Fire" certainly has it's rock-and-roll moments!