Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Chilean volcano generates an alarm in Argentina

A heavy rain of ash affected the tourist city today Bariloche Argentina due to the activity of Puyehue volcano, which erupted in southern Chile, about 850 kilometers south, and forced the evacuation of about 3,500 people from Surrounding locations. In addition to Bariloche, one of the most important tourist centers and beautiful in the country, the phenomenon also affects the town of Villa La Angostura.

The Fire Department Bariloche, located about 1,600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, he issued "red alert" for the area, while the mayor, Marcelo Cascón, called Civil Defence force and an emergency committee. The authorities also decided to close the International Paso Cardenal Samore, one of the linking Argentina and Chile, in addition to the local airport due to poor visibility in the area.

"In 44 years never seen anything like this," said a neighbor of Bariloche to the channel Todo Noticias, the country's capital. "A layer of ash covered the town and you hear thunder," he said. The mayor of Bariloche urged people to remain calm, take care of water and stay at home because the rain of ash could go on and recommended the use of masks.

"We ask the public not to cram the supermarkets and petrol stations and stay at home as far as possible. Public services continue to function normally," he said at a press conference Cascón. Puyehue volcano, at 2,240 meters, is located on the Chilean side of the Andes. Its last major eruption was in 1960 after an earthquake of 9.5 on the Richter scale, the strongest ever recorded worldwide.

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