Chile declares volcano red alert

Llaima volcano spews lava prompting the government to order evacuation.

Llaima is spewing lava down one ot its side [EPA]
Llaima is spewing lava down one ot its side [EPA]

“There is renewed activity as lava is flowing towards the Calbuco River,” Juan Cayupi, a volcanologist at the state National Emergency Office said.


“[The lava] has reached around 800 to 1,000m from the crater,” he said.


Llama last erupted on New Year’s day, forcing the evacuation of some tourists and residents from surrounding areas.


It then belched ash and lava in February.


Llaima’s renewed activity comes after the Chaiten volcano, at least 1,220km south of Santiago, started erupting on May 2 for the first time in thousands of years, spewing out ash, gas and molten rock.


Chile’s chain of some 2,000 volcanoes is the world’s second-largest after Indonesia’s.


At least 50 volcanoes are recorded to have erupted, while a total of 500 are deemed potentially active.

Source: Al Jazeera


Situated along a narrow strip of land, measuring not more than 430km wide, Chile traces its early nationhood to the mid-1500s. 

9 May 2005
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