Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Argentina and Uruguay close their airports Puyehue Cloud

The ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile, today has caused some chaos in the affected air traffic at airports in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, forced to cancel some flights, both international and local. The ash did not fall on the capital Buenos Aires or the surrounding suburbs as they did on other southern cities, since last Saturday covered by a dense layer of gray, but the airborne dust was visible to the naked eye in broad areas cord locations around Buenos Aires, and some hospitals were on alert, not so much the direct effect of the ash as the problems caused by ash in patients with asthma or other respiratory ailments.

The situation is more worrying in Patagonia, including some of the major tourist areas of the country, which is well into the austral autumn, where temperatures at noon, no more than five degrees Celsius. The ash, as stated on television the governor of the province of Neuquén, Jorge Sapag, is not toxic, but it contains corrosive elements, so in some places, they interrupted the power supply and drinking water.

For example, in Bariloche, a sprawling town of 150,000 inhabitants, and Villa Angostura, affected by power outages and water classes were suspended, was declared "day off work", except for emergency services, and recommended to the people who do not leave their homes or, if required, to do with protection, such as masks or goggles to avoid contact with the ashes.

The private traffic also had to be interrupted by the volume that reached the ashes, which came to convert the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi huge, famous for its intense blue color in a gray spot. The eruption of Puyehue, which began last Saturday, and has forced the evacuation so far to about 4,000 people in Chile, where under a state of emergency, lifted a large cloud of dust and ashes, gradually, began to spread to involve, to varying degrees, to 10 provinces of the Andes, where he also had to close large number of local airports.

The situation in the south better or worse depending on the strength of the eruption and the wind changed direction, but still qualified by the local authorities' concern. " Attentive to the wind The Argentine authorities do not expect the tag directly affects Buenos Aires, according to the head of the Council declared Emergency in the province, Jorge Echarren, but all will ultimately depend on changes in wind direction.

The Civil Aviation Administration and Transport Department announced tonight that are open and operate the airports closest to the capital of Argentina: International Airport "Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) and" Jorge Newbery "(known as Aeroparque .) Meanwhile, the Bariloche airport will remain closed until 21 June.

According to meteorological data, the cloud is moving at about 7,000 feet high and spans a wide area, making it hazardous for air travel, but for now, does not impede the normal life of the population. Among the flights have been suspended or rescheduled included the Iberia transatlantic and international and local Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral, Lan, Tam, Delta, United and GOL, so it is advised passengers with flights scheduled to address or output in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to consult the schedule, with the possibility of continuing airspace concerned.

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