This right here is the reason you can't fly to many parts of Chile, Argentina and even Brazil. The Chilean volcano Puyehue is blurping ash all over South America, leaving sooty snow drifts up to a foot deep on Patagonian highways.
The volcano's shifting ash plume is captured in detail in the below animation released today by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It's a composite of high-resolution imagery and video taken by the GOES-13 and Aqua satellites. The towering immensity of this lava-spewing fountain can be seen in this wicked photo gallery or over here at the Daily Mail. It literally looks like an H-bomb has just gone off. Here's a good view from space; follow the jump for the video: