We are an international community. From Moscow to Madrid, Canada to Chile, there are 500px photographers everywhere; and yesterday the photographers in Chile were treated to one of the scariest and most incredible natural events many of them will ever see first-hand: a volcanic eruption.

After over four decades of slumber, the Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted in a jaw-dropping display of mother nature’s power. In fact, according to Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service, the volcano erupted TWICE.

1,500 people were evacuated from the surrounding towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas as billowing clouds of ash spewed into the quickly-darkening sky painted orange by sun and fire. There is currently a 12-mile exclusion zone established around the volcano.

It is, in a word, spectacular, and we’ve compiled some of the most stunning images captured by 500px photographers below:

Click on each of the names in the embedded images above to visit the photographers’ profiles and see more of what they have captured. Photographer Rodrigo Reyes in particular has some shots that are bound to leave you slack-jawed.

And if you happen to be in the area, please respect the safety measures put in place. The exclusion zone is there for a reason, and no photo is worth putting your life in danger.