Calbuco, a volcano, located in the Chilean region of Los Lagos, 1000 kilometers south of Santiago de Chile and at 100 Km from San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina) has become active again erupting twice in a few hours, after having been dormant for 43 years.
Chilean authorities have put the area on the alert due to the great threat that the eruption poses to the population and have started pre-emptive evacuation of towns that lie on the slopes of the volcano, whose column of smoke is visible miles away.
The alarm is tripped not only in Chile but also in the nearby Bariloche in Patagonia Argentina. The alarm was called in the city yesterday evening and schools and the airport have been closed in advance due to the shower of volcanic ash.
The first eruption was recorded late Wednesday afternoon, the second in the early hours of the morning today and was “more strong than the first”. The National Director of Sernageomin, Rodrigo Alvarez, has warned too that during the morning a third explosion could be expected.
Calbuco’s return to being active again coincides with that of Villarica, which already for several weeks has been keeping the south of Chile on the alert. Shortly after midnight yesterday, the President MIchelle Bachelet, informed of a change of seismic activity near the Calbuco, which might mean a probable outflow of lava with consequent melting and therefore the possibility of lava-flooding.