Volcano Erupts Along Chilean Range
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Volcano Erupts Along Chilean Range

Bariloche : Argentina | Jun 05, 2011 at 3:50 AM PDT
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Chile: Volcano Puyehue in eruption - Erupción del volcán Puyehue

A volcanic eruption rocked the southern hemisphere this time as one in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain spewed an ash cloud more that six miles high on Saturday in south-central Chile. The fallout closed border crossing between Chile and Argentina, evacuated thousand around the surrounding area and closed the airport in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

"The Cordon Caulle (volcanic range) has entered an eruptive process, with an explosion resulting in a 10-kilometer-high gas column," Chilean state emergency office ONEMI said in a general media release.

The chain has been inactive since 1960. The area measures about 575 miles south of Chile's capitla Santiago. About 60 miles away in Bariloche, authorities suggested that residents done protective masks and avoid activities outside because of poor visibility.

"We're in a state of alert here, we're not going outside," said Marcelo Ambrosi, a Bariloche resident. We saw everything was covered in white, and that it was not snow. It's a bit uncomfortable breathing-wise, like you're breathing in smoke."

Argentina sent troops to the area to give out water filters and help with transportation in the area. Chile's chain of volcanoes includes about 2,000 as the world's second largest after Indonesia. Current records indicate that 50 to 60 have erupted, and 500 are potentially active.

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