3,500 people were evacuated due to the eruption of a volcano in Chile


On Saturday, June 4, 2011 one of the volcanoes in Cordon Kaulle, in southern Chile began erupting strong billowing smoke and ash high into the sky, forcing organize emergency evacuation of more than 3,500 people who live next door.

A column of smoke and hot ash began to emerge from the Puyehue volcano (Puyehue), about 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile. Authoritative experts have managed to evacuate about 600 people living near the volcano. The authorities say that has not yet received any information on possible casualties or physical damage to the residents.

Authoritative experts initially reported that the Puyehue volcano (Puyehue) began operations, but later it was already known that the eruption occurred about 2 1/2 miles (four kilometers) from that peak. A huge crack size of more than six miles (ten kilometers) long and three miles (five kilometers) wide, was formed in the earth’s crust, as told by representatives of the Saturday night.

Authoritative experts began to conduct vigilant monitoring of the area on Saturday morning after a flurry of tremors swept, and the very eruption began in the afternoon. Representatives of the Department of Emergency Management reported that there were an average of 230 tremors an hour. About 600 people, local residents were evacuated during the first alarm, and more than a hundred people voluntarily left their homes after the eruption began.

Rodrigo Ubilla (Rodrigo Ubilla), Deputy Minister of Labour in Chile, said that some people living near the volcano decided not to leave their homes because they did not want to leave their pets. Wind brought the hot ash across the Andes to Argentina tourist town of San Carlos de Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche), which is now forced to close its airport, the failure to take-off of aircraft.

Representatives strongly warned residents of Bariloche area to take precautions due to possible prolonged ashfall or so-called ash rain. They urged people to stock up on the necessary amount of food and water, which will allow them to stay at home for a while. Eruption, recall, happened almost 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the national capital of Chile, Santiago.

Original: Physorg Translation: M. Potter

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