Flights Canceled As Ash Cloud Pours Out From Chile Volcano

Flights Canceled As Ash Cloud Pours Out From Chile Volcano

On Thursday, an ash cloud which popped up from Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday blew into Argentina and Chile, forcing the cancelation of flights to both countries in regions which were close to volcano.

Both local and international flights in Bariloche, a city in Argentina which was close to the eruption, and a city in Chile called Puerto Montt were canceled leaving numerous tourists stranded.

Calbuco, which is said to have last erupted back in 1961, belched a huge plume of smoke and ash which reached 15 kilometers in the sky. The volcano in itself is located some 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Santiago.  

The cancelation of the flights was welcomed by many in the aviation industry given the fact that ash from the volcano can damage an aircraft. Back in 2011 so many air carriers were forced to cancel their flights, including flights in Australia, following the eruption of Puyehue volcano in Chile which sent ash very high into the atmosphere.

While speaking to a local TV with regards to the eruption of the Calbuco volcano, Gabriel Orozco, a vovulcanologist who is working for the government geology service said that although the volcano has paused in its eruption, it still remained unstable and might erupt again at a given point.

"The eruptive column has already cleared away from the volcano and is being taken north by winds," Orozco said.

So far, there have not been any reports on any deaths which have resulted from the eruption although a climber who is said to have been close to the summit at the time of the eruption is missing.

 

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