3,500 evacuate as volcano erupts in southern Chile

Jun 05, 2011 By EVA VERGARA , Associated Press
3,500 evacuate as volcano erupts in southern Chile (AP)
A column of smoke and ashes comes out from the Puyehue volcano, some 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 4, 2011. Authorities have evacuated about 600 people living nearby the volcano. There have been no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Martin Iniguez)

(AP) -- One of the volcanos in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted violently Saturday, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate.

There were no reports of injuries.

Authorities initially said the Puyehue was involved, but later said the eruption was occurring about 2 1/2 miles (four kilometers) from that peak.

A rift more than six miles (10 kilometers) long and three miles (five kilometers) across was torn in the earth's crust, officials said Saturday night.

Authorities had put the area on alert Saturday morning after a flurry of earthquakes, and the eruption began in the afternoon. The National Emergency Office said it recorded an average of 230 tremors an hour.

About 600 people were evacuated when the first alert went up and hundreds more left their homes after the eruption began.

Rodrigo Ubilla, Chile's undersecretary of labor, said some people near the volcano had decided not to leave their homes because they didn't want to abandon their animals.

Wind carried ash across the Andes to the Argentine tourist town of San Carlos de Bariloche, which had to close its airport.

Officials warned residents of the Bariloche area to take precautions against a possible prolonged ashfall. They urged people to stock up on food and water and to stay home.

The eruption is nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Chile's national capital, Santiago.

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Nik_2213
not rated yet Jun 05, 2011
If 10x5 km is confirmed, this is more than a 'mere' flank eruption. Could be just several faults have opened up...
barakn
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 05, 2011
After reading the web site of the Servicio Nacional de Geologia y Mineria, http://www.sernag...Itemid=1 , I'm certain the 10 km by 5 km rift mentioned in this article is due to crappy translation. The numbers 10 and 5 are mentioned twice, once to describe the height and width of the gas column and once to describe the wind directions at those two altitudes. This makes me sorry I gave this article a 5.

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