VIDEO: Thousands Flee As Volcano Calbuco Erupts in Chile

By  //  April 23, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupted on April 22, sending ash more than 12 miles into the sky. Authorities issued a red alert for the area, according to regional reports. The volcano is about 18 miles away from populated areas. This video is a timelapse of the eruption and its meteorological effects. (Liveleak Video)

CHILE – The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in more than four decades, sending a plume of smoke and ash several kilometres high. 

Emergency services declared a red alert and about 1,500 people were evacuated from a 20km (12 mile) radius as a precaution, authorities said. The nearby city of Puerto Montt has already been blanketed in a cloud of ash.

Mayor Gervoy Paredes said residents were “very, very frightened.” Neighbouring Argentina also put emergency measures in place for the city of Bariloche – about 100km from Calbuco – where ash clouds were expected.

Residents there have been warned to stay indoors. Authorities said no hot rocks or lava had been seen so far, only ash.

However, experts warned that local rivers could be flooded by melting snow and ice.

Alejandro Verges, a local emergency director, told the Associated Press that the eruption came as a surprise. Calbuco last erupted in 1972.