Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chile's volcano erupts for first time in 50 years

The terrifying eruption of a volcano in Chile has become a <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/06/06/2011-06-06_volcano_erupts_in_southern_chile_resulting_in_clouds_of_ash_and_evacuation_of_th.html" target="_blank">dazzling display</a> of nature's raw power.  The blast along the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain launched a huge cloud of smoke and ash as far as 6 miles into the sky on May 4, causing officials to evacuate nearly 3,500 people from the surrounding area.<br><Br>Above, the National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 6 miles high.

The eruption was accompanied by lightning that cracked through the ash clouds while molten rocks spewed, though no visible lava was seen.<br><Br>Above, lightning is seen amid a cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile.
Winds quickly spread the resulting ash, which reached neighboring Argentina . No injuries have been reported, but officials warned those living around the city to be cautious of potential prolonged ashfall. <br><Br>Above, volcanic lightning is seen over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile.
The terrifying eruption of a volcano in Chile has become a dazzling display of nature's raw power. The blast along the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain launched a huge cloud of smoke and ash as far as 6 miles into the sky on May 4, causing officials to evacuate nearly 3,500 people from the surrounding area.

Above, the National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 6 miles high.

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