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lunes, 5 de mayo de 2008

Town Evacuated As Volcano Erupts

Chaiten volcano sending out ashThousands of people have fled their town in Chile after a volcano erupted for the first time in at least 2,000 years.Nearly 4,500 were forced to leave Chaiten as the volcano of the same name spewed ash. Many were sent by boat to Chiloe Island and to Puerto Montt on the mainland. Some are staying in guesthouses, while others are being housed in schools which have been turned into makeshift shelters.
Only a few dozen people remained in Chaiten following the eruption, which triggered earth tremors and spewed a cloud of ash two miles into the air. Some people had never left the town before until the 3,280-foot volcano six miles away forced them to go.
The National Emergency Office said volcanic activity continued, with fine ash falling. Visibility remained poor as ash clouded the skies and the smell of sulphur hung heavy in the air.
"The panorama here is pretty complicated," Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma said during a visit to the area. "We have completed the first phase of the operation, which was the evacuation of practically all of the local population. "We don't know if this is a situation that will last days, or weeks or even more."
There is no record of the volcano erupting in the last 2,000 years, according to Sernageomin, a government mining and geology agency. (taken from SkyNews)
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