Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil

2015-04-25 18:52
Ash from Volcano Calbuco. (AP)

Ash from Volcano Calbuco. (AP)

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Santiago - Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile's chain of around 2 000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, sending up a spectacular 17km-high cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of gray ash.

Authorities have set up a 20km cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, around 1 000km south of the capital Santiago, evacuating more than 6 500 locals.

"The dangerous nature of volcanic activity like this plus the volcano's current instability that could lead to more intense activity in the short term indicates we should maintain the perimeter," Chile's national office of emergency said in its latest report.

Authorities allowed people who had been evacuated to briefly enter the perimeter on Saturday to check their houses, animals and medication.

Some houses and schools located close to the volcano have collapsed under the weight of the ash.

The ash also presents a threat to air traffic, as particles in the atmosphere can cause problems for planes.

With winds blowing the ash cloud northeast into Argentina, Argentine air traffic has been the worst affected so far. But a spokesperson for Argentina's National Civil Aeronautic Administration said the situation was "much better than yesterday".

"The airports [of Buenos Aires] are operating normally. The first ash cloud has already passed by and the second is on the move. American Airlines is not operating on their own accord, nor are Delta Air Lines, or United. They are evaluating the situation on a day-to-day basis."

The head of Chile's mining and geological service said on Friday the volcanic process could last for weeks.

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