The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years on Wednesday, April 22 2015.
Chilean authorities evacuated around 4,000 residents of the nearby Ensenada district, according to the Chilean government's official Twitter account. President Michele Bachelet declared a "constitutional emergency" due to the eruption.
Calbuco is located in a sparsely populated area of the Los Lagos Region and is considered one of the top three potentially dangerous volcanoes in Chile.
Here are some fast facts about Calbuco volcano, courtesy of CNN Weather Center:
- First eruption since 1972
- One of the most active volcanoes of the southern Chilean Andes
- 2003 meter high volcano is capped by a 400-500 meter wide summit crater
Checkout some of the amazing and unbelievable photos of Calbuco volcano shared on online social networking services.
A general view of the Calbuco volcano from Puerto Montt, 1000 km south of Santiago, Chile on April 22nd 2015. The Chilean authorities have declared a red alert as the smoke column from the volcanic eruption has reached a height of 20 km. Around 1500 residents from nearby towns have been ordered to evacuate their homes. Credit: EPA