Chile's Calbuco Volcano Eruption
Sunday, January 24, 2021

User Rating: 5 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar Active
 

211e7228-efe5-47d9-bd0c-5864f412279a

The eruption happened about 625 miles south of Santiago, which is the capital, close by the tourist hotspot Puerto Varas. About 4,000 people had evacuated from the area and an evacuation radius of 20km has been established, authorities said.

99dafda2-58ba-46b0-beb2-c8a183b6649f

Evacuations in the region involved not only people but also animals. The volcanic debris has landed and piled up in some places to a depth of almost 2 feet, the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety said. Airborne ash reached an altitude of 12,000 feet. There was no immediate information on the strength of the third eruption, but government officials have said the second, spectacular nighttime eruption was stronger than the first one.

59b7e1cd-6a2d-47d8-b7c8-12d51a3d7030

 In Ensenada, houses, trees and even sheep were blanketed gray with ash. People were removing salmon -- a staple of the local economy -- because of fears of contamination from ash and lava. Trucks were used to evacuate farm animals and pets.

55a08a09-38de-4e33-b418-ec5dad4d1c5e

Authorities issued a red alert for the popular tourist towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas in southern Chile. People were being evacuated to Puerto Montt on 22 buses and military trucks, the Interior Ministry said. Officials said that volcanic flows from Calbuco caused rising water levels in the Río Blanco.

49f890a9-a8bb-42b5-a3a9-70b0dbe893a3

"At the beginning, it was small, and later, the cloud grew. And later, there was a huge cloud over you and true terror starts," a Puerto Montt resident said. Another person said: "It was impressive to see an enormous mushroom cloud, with the immense force of the volcano, and to see the ashes. At that point, there was a lot of panic, lots of chaos, traffic jams, people going to supermarkets, everyone looking for water, trying to take out money from the ATMs."

333b3f2e-2304-40b0-ae57-a5a4e9b5d42a

 

25510d22-d832-4999-b81b-8870bd0ab570

 

6989045d-1bf2-49e8-a447-04a846bb0764

 

6989045d-1bf2-49e8-a447-04a846bb0764

 

a10b9955-b7e3-409d-9455-239fb246ee1c

 

e57f165b-e6aa-46e9-b63a-1b4eaabedc4f

 

f6d3edb2-fd2c-493f-9bec-189b4e717d6a

 

12ea4b2a-8b4b-4e9c-8d61-42ee5a54a734

 

8ad13231-178a-4889-8e9f-e11cdf602890

 

7de19ebf-3fb5-4456-9859-b120bc736512

 

2e05baa8-4a2a-468b-aacc-4e469e9f1e0c

 

1c3b5453-cc18-4f5b-a8ab-4877bc54c166

 

0ef4be30-cb75-4b85-892f-37269df2e572

 

0e7410ae-bf3e-4270-942a-b4322e4d2cb5

 

video_Volcano_Eruption