Stunning 4K Video of Chile’s April Volcano Eruption

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Chile is the land of natural disasters – some more beautiful than others.  Enormous earthquakes and huge volcanic explosions seem the norm in Chile.  Pucon ski resort is closed for the season after the volcano it lives on erupted this year.

This Calbuco eruption captured on 4K in southern Chile is simply spectacular to watch.  This eruption caused the evacuation of 1,500 residents in Ensenada, Chile and closed down the Bariloche, Argentina airport and threw ash into town.  This was Calbuco’s first eruption in 42 years.

In 2011 the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile erupted and buried Bariloche in a few inches of ash closing the airport for the entire ski season.

Calbuco in April 2015.  photo:  epa
Calbuco in April 2015. photo: epa

Volcano Calbuco erupted on April 22, 2015, for the first time in four decades. Located close to the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt in southern Chile. We spend the prior couple of days on the neighboring volcano Osorno (~20km linear distance) shooting timelapses. After an amazing night under the nightsky we took the cable car downwards after a delay caused by repairs. Already late we headed south to catch the ferry on Routa 7 down to Patagonia. After 10min on the ferry we noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just were we left a few hours ago. Frenetically looking for a good outlook we then rushed to the only non-forested place to get a decent view of the show. We quickly put every bit of camera-equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom-cloud. We shot timelapses in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645Z and Canon 6D. On the A7s we shot 4K video to the Shogun. We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff.

This was for sure the most incredible show I’ve ever seen. I think this is a one in a lifetime event and I am so happy that we were able to capture it in all its glory.

We will also release a timelapse video of our 6 weeks trip to Patagonia soon. – Timestorm films

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