Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Argentina .- Six Argentine airports closed and problems in other seven Chilean volcano ashes Puhehue

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 7 Jun. Six airports are closed and seven others are taking flight cancellations as a result of the ashes that broadcasts in recent days by Chilean volcano Puyehue, which has also led to the cutting of some roads in Argentina. As reported by the official agency Telam Argentina, the Ministry of Transportation and the agencies that regulate air activity have formed a crisis committee to report periodically on the situation before the advance of the ashes.

As the crisis committee, late afternoon on Monday (early Tuesday in Spain) "were closed airports in Bariloche, Chapelco, Esquel, Trelew, Viedma and Bahia Blanca, will remain so" until they are guaranteed security conditions to operate. " Also reported cancellations of flights "at airports in Rio Gallegos, Rio Grande, Ushuaia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Mendoza, Santa Rosa and San Rafael." According to the committee, the ash cloud, "reached the 12,000 feet high and moves in the southwest-northwest." Under these circumstances, Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral suspended until Sunday included flights between airport and Bariloche, and Esquel Chapelco, and until Thursday, including services between airport and Trelew, Neuquén Viedma, Río Gallegos, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Rio Grande , Comodoro Rivadavia, Bahia Blanca, Santa Rosa and San Rafael.

Also canceled until Thursday night operations at Santiago de Chile and Mendoza. For its part, LAN Argentina has suspended domestic flights and 35, while according to the newspaper "Clarín", at least three airlines (Delta, LAN and United Airlines) have been canceled as a precautionary measure, international flights to Buenos Aires provided for yesterday and today.

Sources said Transportation Secretary Telam that "unlikely" that on Tuesday the volcanic ash reached Buenos Aires or its surroundings and that their behavior, according to satellite imagery, "is like a downward curve, by what can go long or penetrate the sea to the southeast. " However, the manager of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), Luis Rosso, said to 'Clarín' that the ashes will come to the capital but "do not be alarmed." "The cloud is not as intense and get very diluted.

There may be a deposition of ashes to be felt in a very mild form," he stated, explaining that the particles fly over the city at between 5,000 and 10,000 meters, therefore not easy to distinguish. Meanwhile, in the south, the ash cloud has already affected Bariloche, Dina Huapi, El Bolson, Villa La Angostura, San Martín and Junín de los Andes and northern Chubut and on Monday came to the cities of Cipolletti and Neuquén.

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