Monday, May 12, 2008

Volcanoes + Lightning = PWNage

The epitome of the Sublime

Can you imagine seeing this? I'd be simultaneously paralyzed in awe and terrified beyond measure. Do you run or snap a pic? It's fast enough to engulf your feeble attempts to escape I'm sure so why not snap a few pics for posterity's sake...

Here's the blurb from those eloquent folks at AP:
“As clouds of toxic ash and dust tower into the sky, they ionise the air, generating an explosive electrical storm. Colossal forks of lightning spark around the noxious plume as it spews from the volcano’s crater, creating an image of raw, terrifying energy - as if the air itself were ablaze.” - Associated Press

This eruption occurred at the Chaiten Volcano in Southern Chile on May 7, 2008.

Pillar of ash leaves a coating 6 inches thick in some places