As a landscape and wildlife photographer I strive to capture the very essence of our planet, covering all facets of gaia’s nature. Occasionally we forget that in the beauty of our world immense danger hides.
Yesterday Calbuco, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, erupted spewing ash across the surrounding area following last month’s eruption of Villarica. So far no lava or hot rocks had been observed.
Rodrigo Penaililo, the interior minister, said: “This is clearly a much larger eruption than the one we saw with Villarica some weeks ago and therefore we need to take bigger and faster measures.”
The most terrifying thing about any natural disaster is that they can occur without warning, Alejandro Verjes, the regional emergency director of the Los Lagos region which covers Calbuco, said that the eruption was a “surprise” and the volcano had not been under observation.
Such events leave me in awe of the beauty in destruction and rejuvenation but with an appreciation for the relentless nature of our planet, a callous rock incapable of comprehending the impact of mechanical processes on human life. Despite being fortunate enough to photograph Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, volcanic eruptions are a surrealist concept. I have never experienced the pain and suffering brought about by such drastic upheaval, as families are evacuated I can only gasp in wonder.