04/24/2015 05:08 pm ET Updated Apr 27, 2015

Photos Show Southern Chile Blanketed In Ash After Calbuco Volcano Erupts

Residents in southern Chile and Argentina have begun digging their homes out from under a cover of ash that settled over the region after Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday and again early Thursday morning. The eruptions, the volcano's first since 1972, spewed a plume of ash and smoke more than 12 miles into the sky.

Thursday's eruption produced some stunning nighttime images of Calbuco surrounded by smoke, fire and lighting. The Chilean government established a 12-mile evacuation radius around the volcano and about 5,000 people have left the area so far.

"There was a lot of panic, lots of chaos, traffic jams, people going to supermarkets, everyone looking for water, trying to take out money from the ATMs," one resident told CNN.

Take a look at some of the sobering photos below.

Calbuco Volcano Blankets Chile In Ash

Chilean Volcano Covers City In Ash