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Calbuco Volcano Finally Erupts

Posted by feww on April 23, 2015

Thousands evacuated as Calbuco volcano explodes

Located in southern Chile, about 1,000km  south of the capital, Santiago, the extremely explosive andesite  volcano finally erupted, sending a massive column of ash, smoke and lava up to 20km into the atmosphere.

Chile’s ONEMI emergency office declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius of the 2,015-meter high volcano.

Residents of the nearby town of Ensenada and two other communities have been ordered to abandon their homes.

Calbuco’s last major eruption occurred in 1961.

Villarrica volcano, also in southern Chile, erupted in March.

ONEMI has posted the following update (Spanish) on its website:

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Latest Significant Seismic Activity in the PRF:

Magnitude: 6.3Mw
Location: 12.025°S, 166.424°E depth=72.0 km (44.7 mi)
Time: 2015-04-22 22:57:15 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 158km SSE of Lata, Solomon
  • 396km (246mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu

2 Responses to “Calbuco Volcano Finally Erupts”

  1. AR said

    The corporate (crap) media lead by Reuters continue to claim that Calbuco volcano “erupted unexpectedly.”
    Would it be possible for a volcano to erupt “unexpectedly?”

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