Puyehue Volcano 540 Miles Of Santiago In The Caulle Cordon Chain Erupted Twice (Photos)

By on Jun 7, 2011 in Events, Natural Disasters, South America, World Comments
Puyehue volcano Plume of Ash
Puyehue volcano plume of ash, estimated six miles
high and three mile wide is seen after a volcano erupted
in thePuyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain

Image Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Puyehue volcano 540 miles south of Santiago in Chile erupted on Saturday, June 4, 2011 that prompted officials to evacuate about 3,500 people nearby. The volcano spewed out huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky, international news reported.

The National Emergency Office recorded an average of 230 tremors an hour which prompted authorities to put the area on alert on Saturday after a flurry of earthquakes, reports said.

Puyehue volcano was said to have erupted for the second time on Sunday, June 5, 2011 sending out pumice stones and pluming a cloud of ash 6 miles high and 3 miles wide.

It was said that southern Chile‘s Puyehue volcano was dormant for decades and the eruption on Saturday is the first time in half a century, several news sites reported.

Puyehue volcano is located 540 miles south of the capital city Santiago in the Caulle Cordon complex nestled in the Andes mountains. Reports said that its last major eruption was in 1960, followed by a 9.5 magnitude earthquake.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the eruption where volcanic lightning was seen over the Puyehue volcano.

Chile Volcano Lightning
Image Credit: AP Photo/Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno

Volcanic lightning is seen over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 5, 2011.

Volcanic Lightning Bolts
Image Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city June 5, 2011.

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