Snatch and grab. Go, run!
Chaitén’s angry – ash clouds spark
with lightning fury.
Grey ash plumes gather in clouds
above the waking volcano.
Lightning flashes blast, warn the village
what’s building in the dome.
Evacuation three days before
Bottled up for thousands of years (its last previous eruption was in 7420 BC ± 75 years ), Chaitén under pressure began to make the way to release her power on May 2nd 2008. On that day, ash billowed forth, lightning flashed and cracked, creating a thundercloud effect that terrorised the hillside villagers, who evacuated May 3rd. The ash clouds continued for days, until Chaitén finally blew and spewed her lava.
On May 6, 2008 the force of eruption increased significantly, producing pyroclastic flows and possibly some lava explosions, and raising the eruption column to a height of perhaps 30,000 metres (98,000 ft)
© Lynne McAnulty-Street, Rotorua NZ, 2012
Photographer: Carlos Gutierrez, 2008
Written for Creative ‘Riters Corner