Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chile .- Chile maintains a red alert for the eruption of Puyehue

SANTIAGO / BUENOS AIRES, 8 Jun. The Chilean authorities have decided to maintain the red alert in the area affected by the volcanic eruption of Puyehue-Cordón complex Caulle, while the airports in the country, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay gradually become to normal. The ash is still perceived in some cities, although with much less intensity than a few days ago when volcanic activity was at its worst.

In Villarrica, about 700 kilometers south of Santiago, a tornado destroyed some 200 homes and killed at least four people injured. The situation caused "great concern among the population, which fortunately fled their homes due to heavy rain and hail before the tornado was unleashed," said the chief of staff of the Araucania region, Jeferson love, told Argentina chain.

In this situation, the authorities decided to maintain the high alert in the region affected by the ash cloud, but the process of evolution of gases, smoke and ash has fallen considerably, according to Chilean media reports. The volcanic complex Caulle Puyehue-Cordón, which stretches along 15 miles between the Chilean regions of Los Lagos and Los Rios, last erupted on Saturday, June 4, and forced the evacuation of about 4,000 people 22 rural locations.

The last recorded eruption occurred in 1960, after the tragic earthquake of 9.5 degrees that rocked the city of Valdivia in Los Ríos. AIRPORTS normalize the Santiago International Airport has gradually recovered to normal takeoff and landing some of the flights scheduled for Wednesday. The Chilean airline LAN restored its flights to and from Argentina gradually, like other airlines.

The two airports in Buenos Aires, Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza, gradually resumed its flights. "Standardization will be gradual, so it is requested that passengers were planning to travel, communicate with the airlines concerned to know the status of their flights," said the Secretary of Transportation in a statement released by local media.

However, still remain closed to Bariloche airport terminals, Chapelco, Esquel, Trelew, Viedma and Bahia Blanca, where the alert is maintained by the winds and the ash cloud. In Brazil, most of the flights scheduled for Wednesday blasted off smoothly, after the Brazilian Air Force confirmed that the ash cloud began to disperse and no longer had the same visibility problems that occurred on Tuesday.

The State Airport Infrastructure Company (Infraero) has confirmed that up to 13.00 (18.00 hours in Spain) had been canceled 14 of the 72 international flights were scheduled to land or take off in Brazilian territory, although most flights were suspended for reasons other than the rain of ashes.

Carrasco International Airport, the principal of Uruguay, was operating normally on Wednesday after bad day on Tuesday, when they had to suspend almost all flights. A similar situation was experienced on Wednesday in the main air terminal in Paraguay, where they resumed all flights to domestic and international destinations.

SITUATION IN BARILOCHE Bariloche in southern Argentina, has been one of the regions most affected by the eruption of Puyehue. A thick gray cloud accompanied by a heavy rain of ash on Tuesday flooded the streets of the tourist areas, raising the concern authorities for the economic consequences.

However, Bariloche has begun on Wednesday to return slowly to normal. Marcelo Cascón The mayor announced the resumption of activities in all schools and is expected to reopen on Thursday, the offices of the government, official agency reports Télam Argentina. The Government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced an aid of one million dollars (167,778 euros) to address the emergency in this important area, informed Senator Miguel Pichetto.

"I arrived in Bariloche the 12 trucks with cargo of various kinds, sent by the Ministry of Social Development and this afternoon will begin to be distributed to the neediest sectors," he stated.

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