Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2015: Calbuco volcano
Thursday Apr 23, 2015 21:00 PM |
Sub-plinian eruption of Calbuco this morning (image: C.I.M.A.T / facebook)
Calbuco (Southern Chile and Argentina): The 21 y-o mountaineer who was missing and feared victim of the eruption has survived and has been rescued, fortunately. Together with a small group of friends, he was on excursion on the mountain when the eruption occurred last night.
Eruption plume from Calbuco on 22 April (source: Fusion Terrestre / facebook)
During their escape, he decided to stay behind because of cramps and then lost his way, forced to spend the night in the forest, until he could make phone contact with his family this morning.
The violent eruption of the volcano that had started at 01:00 local time this morning lasted about 6 hours and gradually waned. However, a third explosion in the near future remains a possibility.
A 20 km access exclusion zone around the volcano remains in place and the alert status is kept at maximum (red).
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A major explosive eruption started at the volcano yesterday afternoon (20:45 GMT). VAAC Buenos Aires reported an ash plume to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.
The eruption started at 18:05 local time and came with little warning signs apparently. Residents in a radius of 20 km around the volcano are being evacuated. As the ash plume quickly drifted northeast towards Argentinia's Bariloche region, the Bariloche airport was closed.
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