Up Close and Personal with Volcano Chaiten
Take a ride in a twin-engined light plane to get a close-up view of Volcano Chaiten erupting in southern Chile. Risky flight, awesome sight. Chaiten began erupting May 2, 2008, after 9000 years of dormancy. Eruptions gathered strength through May 5. Mass evacuations have been ordered in this remote coastal area of Chile.
Chaiten in quieter times (February, 2000) ... (Earth Observatory, NASA)
The ash plume can be seen in this satellite view May 3, 2008, stretching eastward from Chaiten, across Patagonia in Argentina.
A Youtube and Google search will bring up many more videos and stories about this latest eruption.