I wanted to share some photos of the volcano eruption in Chaiten, which is 1,200 miles south of Santiago de Chile. This is nothing I have to worry about for my trip, but a friend showed me these pictures, and I had to get them up here, because they are really incredible. I stole these from Boston.com. Here's the actual link: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/06/chaiten_volcano_still_active.html
Lightning storm over the volcano. Evidently this is very common around volcanoes, but the scientists still don't know why.