There's nothing quite like a monstrous volcano eruption to remind humankind that it's quite small and insignificant. Take the population of a small town in Chile, which is scattering right now after a nearby volcano blew its top twice in a few hours on Wednesday.
Though it's one of Chile's top three most dangerous volcanoes, it wasn't monitored and hadn't blown in 42 years. Locals were mighty surprised when it erupted on Wednesday, sending "smoke plumes and ash" 40,000 feet into Chile's sky, the Weather Channel reported. It blew a second time, after night fall, and resulted in a spray of hot rocks and volcanic lightning. It was stronger than the first.
Calbuco is in southern Chile near a small town called Ensenada (its occupants have been evacuated); two more towns, called Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, were also emptied. BBC News added that a total of 4,000 people have been cleared out in a 12-mile radius of the volcano.